There was a word
I was taught
not to say
in the gym, or on
the basketball court,
at home, and so
I took to picturing
locked in my gut
as a sun beam staved
Today's post of Italian art is inspired by the Italian government's "culture bonus" to people turning 18, who, as of this September, will be given 500 euro to spend on books, concert tickets, theatre tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and trips to national parks. Awesome! *
After the attacks in Paris last year, Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, said the government would increase defence and security spending by a billion euros, but match the sum with another billion euros to be spent on culture.
Mr Renzi, announcing the culture bonus: “This is a bonus for kids coming of age, to give them the symbolic awareness of what it means to be an adult in Italy ... We will not give in to terror … we have centuries of history that proclaim the fact that culture will beat ignorance, that beauty is more tenacious than barbarism.” (from The Telegraph)
Silver writing set, Kunsthistorisches Museum This silver casket with various writing utensils was made by the famous Nuremberg goldmsith Wenzel Jamnitzer (1507/08-1585), who frequently worked for the House of Habsburg
Kahelelani (Niihau) shell lei, Hawaii State Art Museum
Breathing in, I wash the dishes,
Aware of their usefulness in holding
Nourishing meals that have sustained my family for many years.
I wonder why it is always, always me doing the dishes
And whether, interconnected as all human beings are,
This may be the one exception.