National Newspaper | The lofty towers. 11 September with Mario Luzi – Culture

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SEE THE VIDEOS “September 11”, September 11 2001. Words and images so as not to forget, “Dark blood”, civil poems by Mario Luzi read by Maria Cassi, Luzi on the twentieth century, words and history, “Ab inferis”

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Florence, 11 September 2022 – Mario Luzi’s poetry has always been able to combine terrestrial and celestial, visible and invisible: verses, his, which reproduce in admirable shapes – changing from bewilderment and dismay to joy, from the most dramatically doubting questions to certainty – an uncircumscribed diction of the world, of the existing.

Poetry “in the work of the world”: in nature as in becoming a historical event. A single intimate and humanly charged belonging that gives voice, in mystery, to the will of the universe a live and relive through “transformation”, “change”and together with the fulfillment of a meaning, that unquestionable and secret fulfillment that constitutes its profound law.

Memory and history thus come to take on meanings of absolute importance in Luzi, while the civil theme of overcoming the senselessness of a “dark blood” of violence and destruction flows and spreads in the most widespread inspiration towards the universal completeness of the cosmos.

In both cases, participating and remembering, his poetry “tends to”: constantly sings, despite the rigorous ruthlessness of the investigations and convictions, on heartfelt tones of invoking exhortation, often of firm admonition and recallbut also on registers of clear contemplation, of intact and superior trust in that “magma” which oversees the events of man and the world.

The poet wrote: “Drama and enigma: I try to isolate these two words. I don’t know if they can really summarize me but I certainly recognize a lot about myself. Creatural sentiment with its susceptibility to punishments and offenses is no less strong than judgment and the historical sense of injustice.“.

A boundless and passionate diction, which necessarily carries with it the civil theme: a theme that the horrible memory of 11 September 2001 brings to the present day, inevitably brings to the attention. And this is the figure we want to underline, inviting a recognize in an extraordinary work such as that of Luzi so many tragic events of the twentieth century and of the new millennium: from the Second World War and its horrors to the Gulf War then fiercely rekindled, from Prague to Vietnam, from the Moro assassination to the massacres that ravaged the recent Italian history, to the bloody and almost unimaginable extremes of terrorism on a world scale .

Events with which art meets and clashes, providing – precisely in this human being it cannot escape necessity and together with a gift received as precious as the word – an indication of ethical and educational value: a testimony and a memorial pledge that are worth a continuity, an address, a look towards the future.

The world is still bloodied, the world is still in the dark: “Dark blood”. But “O soul of the world / from all wounded, / from all compensated …”he replies, perfectly balancing between suffering and reward, drama and hope, another highly poetic text that Mario Luzi left us (Harsh silencein Terrestrial and celestial journey by Simone Martini).

Marco Marchi

Against the haughty towers

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Those planes that rushed at the lofty towers,
that headlong flight of human lives against other lives …
The soul of that cataclysm was hatred, an ancient grudge
which freed itself as a kind of intoxication … It was also a
hymn to death sung in the blood of thousands of creatures
sacrifice them. And what for us was darkness for others was light and ecstasy …
The mind falters, the soul is overwhelmed, oppressed.
They are preparing, perhaps times have already come when it will be required
men to be other than we have been. How?

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Sept. 11

Let go of your haughtiness
sisters of opulence
dominance twins,
cease to tower
in mourning and mourning
after the collapse and the chasm,
after the havoc.
He has a bloody faith there
in an instant
reduced to nothing.
Be humble and painful,
don’t be furious
the torment of the massacre.

They mixed
in that frenzy of death
of the extreme affront the bloods,
the Arab, the Jew,
the Christian, the Indian.
And now it will call you back
someone to your glories.
Rise, rise,
no more towers, but stems,
prayer lilies.
Be it out of desire
of peace. Of true peace.

Mario Luzi

(in “La Nazione”, January 12, 2002)

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