Four poems by Peter Covino

by PETER COVINO Dressed (iPhone Text and Image) In richly hand-embroidered gray lace, like the women in storefront dress shops used to make in vacation villages near the Amalfi Coast. The stitch and colors less delicate, garishly saturated, coarser fabric, tending toward silver-blue; layered uneven skirt, ample in the midsection, undulant, just below the knee. …

From the unpublished manuscript “Sister 5” by Louise DeSalvo

An introduction by Edvige Giunta “Every memoirist is a ghost writer”: Louise DeSalvo Four Years after her Death–and the Posthumous Publication of “Sister 5” It seems appropriate that the first writing by Louise DeSalvo to be published since her death almost four years ago appears both in the original, unedited English text and in a …

The Working Christs of Ralph Fasanella

by ILARIA SERRA “Poor Christ,” Italian immigrant. The Italian saying refers to people who are unlucky and disgraced: Poor Christ… but in Italian American literature and art it has become a widespread metaphor, at least thanks to the foundational novel Christ in Concrete by Pietro di Donato, released in the United States in 1939 and …

Before and after tin foil

di JOANNA CLAPPS HERMAN It all started with tinfoil Or maybe tissues. Paper napkins? We lived one way—a time of constraint– before tin foil and a completely different way after tin foil– one which rapidly raced toward the future. Definitely using tissues changed the way we lived. When paper towels came along times changed even …

‘La vita promessa’, an italian tv series

by MICHELA VALMORI On September 16th, 2018, the Italian TV series “La Vita PROMESSA” was premiered in Italy. Under the direction of Ricky Tognazzi and Simona Izzo, the screenplay of Laura Toscano and Franco Marotta and the production of Picomedia, it was proposed in prime time to the Italian public, the story and the evolution …

From the other direction: a conversation with Charles Cantalupo

by ROSA AMATULLI Charles Cantalupo’s work has received support from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and the World Bank. He is the author of four books of translations of Eritrean poetry; four books of literary criticism ranging from Thomas Hobbes to Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o; and a memoir, Joining Africa – from Anthills to Asmara. His two most …

George Mazzei and the “conquest” of italian language

di CALLI ABISOGNIO His name is George Mazzei, with 84 years of life behind him to cherish and look back on. But, for him, there is still so much to see — as I spoke with George, I could hear his passion for life through the way he spoke.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New …

Carmela & Giovanni: a Brooklyn love story

by MICHELA VALMORI She sat on the stoop of her five-story Brooklyn apartment, knitting a blanket for her baby sister as she waited for him to come home from the shop. Could she even call this place an apartment? It was cramped and unbearably hot under the July sun, each room warmer than the next …