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Portrait of the poet as an old man. Andrea Zanzotto in Graziano Ariciís photographs
Written by Anna Trevisan   

zanzotto_215.jpg«Da questa artificiosa terra-carne / esili acuminati sensi / e sussulti e silenzi, / da questa bava di vicende / soli che urtarono fili di ciglia» Andrea Zanzotto wrote in a collection of poems by the title Esistere psichicamente.

 

His face is thin, his forehead heavily lined with wrinkles: he bears them with the humble, peaceful simplicity of a fearless knight.  He narrated his time – our time – by stringing beads of poetry. In the words of Cesare de Michelis: “The evocative force of his poetry did not indulge in mourning the loss of a vanishing world, it underpinned its final, possible rebirth.” A few weeks after Zanzotto’s departure the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti pays homage to this knowledgeable sculptor of the Italian language and noble lover of the “dialetto veneto,” who was repeatedly shortlisted for the Nobel Prize, by exhibiting a series of photographic potraits by Graziano Arici.

They show the poet sitting on his armchair with his cat, his everyday-life objects scattered all around him; or while dining with Ungaretti and Comisso; or alone, wearing a scanty pair of braces to hold his pants or woolen caps pulled down over his eyes in a humorous, tender acknowledgment of human vulnerability. In fact, «non c’è bruscolo di tempo / né di spazio / che non meriti per sé infiniti poemi / che già in sé non li sia».

 

«Graziano Arici. Per Andrea Zanzotto»
Until 17 December Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti

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