Sunset at Brattaggia

Solo l'amare, solo il conoscera conta --- Pier Paolo Pasolini

Original Text: 

Bruce Meyer, The Spirit Bride (Toronto: Exile Editions, 2002).

2    cut into the suede hillside where it clings
3like a memory to the earth's dirty sleeve,
4    is a place without history in a land
6    past, hard-bent for Latium, his heart
7mapping every rock cleft for a profile
9there would be enough victuals in store
10    as he marched past in the late hours
11one hot summer night, Rome on his mind.
12    Tiberius came ashore here on his yacht
13 but only to toss an astrologer from a cliff --
14     you can almost see the spot where the man
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1] "Only love, only to know / counts" ("Il pianto della scavatrice" [The Cry of the Digger]. Back to Line
5] Brattaggia: unlocated and not found on Google (November 18, 2012).
Aeneus: the hero of Virgil's epic Aeneid, about the founderof Rome. Back to Line
8] seven hills: those on which Rome would be founded.
Augustus (63 B.C.-14 AD), the first emperor of the Roman Empire. Back to Line
16] Marcus Aurelius: Roman Emperor, 161-180 AD. Back to Line
24] Vasari: Giorgio Vasari, Renaissance painter (1511-74).
Machiavelli: Niccola di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527), Renaissance Italian historian and philosopher who lived in Florence, author of The Prince. Back to Line
27] Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian polymath and artist. Back to Line
28] Fiorenza: Florence.
Castiglione: Baldassare Castiglione (1478âŻÀŻ1529), Italian Renaissance writer and diplomat, author of The Courtier. Back to Line
35] Lot's wife turned to stone when she looked back on Sodom (Genesis 19). Back to Line
36] Baedeckers: popular travel guides. Back to Line
46] Seguso: possibly Toronto's Carling Bassett, now Bassett Seguso, a world-class tennis player who struggled with bulimia for years, but is now in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame; or the renowned the Venetian family associated with the production of fine glass since the 14th century.
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    47] brunello: an Italian red wine. Back to Line
    RPO poem Editors: 
    Ian Lancashire
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