Why Italy? I asked. “I’m from Italy. Actually not from Italy, I’m from Brazil. But my ancestors are from Italy” At Tutty’s, sovereign behind a cashier he operates, Luciano smiles. Italy just won against England in an unexpectedly entertaining match and Andrea Pirlo, a football genius in the body of priest, or vice versa, is on TV. The largely empty restaurant in a small street … Continue reading ITALY, LUCIANO

Deutsche Demokratische Republik, AHMED

  Why DDR?, I asked. Instead of the answer, I will copy here a few verses from Ahmed’s book The God of Transition. The poem is called “Ulf Kirsten, a star man” (the star here is a five pointed one, symbol of the revolution) and it’s obviously about the legendary player from East Germany who would raise his arms and spread legs making it look … Continue reading Deutsche Demokratische Republik, AHMED