Alda Merini (Milan, March 21, 1931 – November 1, 2009) started her poetic career when she was really young and soon she gained the attention and the admiration of many famous Italian writers, like Giorgio Manganelli, Salvatore Quasimodo and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her intense, passionate and mystic writing style was influenced especially by the Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Her verses are mainly about her long and dramatic hospitalization in mental home (since 1964 to the late 1970s), and the “otherness” of madness in the creative expression. One of her masterpieces is L’altra verità. Diario di una diversa (“The other truth. Diary of a dropout”), Scheiwiller, 1986.
In 1996 Alda Merini was proposed by the “Académie Francaise” for the Nobel Prize in Literature. She received the prize of the Italian Republic in the area of poetry.
The day of her death, the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, called her an “inspired and limpid poetic voice.”
I have a dream: that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal! “
“Martin Luther King, Jr., was the conscience of his generation. He gazed upon the great wall of segregation and saw that the power of love could bring it down. From the pain and exhaustion of his fight to fulfill the promises of our founding fathers for our humblest citizens, he wrung his eloquent statement of his dream for America. He made our nation stronger because he made it better. His dream sustains us yet.”
Mark Abouzeid has photographed some immigrants in Florence, in the clothes and poses of the characters of the Renaissance paintings
From : Il Nuovo Nuovo Mondo | Il Post.