Category Archives: Italy


The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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Giuseppe Penone, at Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, FENDI ROMA

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Pigneto Street Art

A wonderful off-the-beaten-path neighborhood of Rome. This is not graffiti.  These are not taggers. It is organized and, surprise to me,  adds to the community, which is home to a spectrum of socialist through anarchist views.

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Annette Messager at Villa Medici

These are two of the installations of French artist Annette Messenger now showing at the Villa Medici in Rome. At first they appear conventionally grasp-able, even softly lovable. But as they draw you into them, your presumption of familiarity evaporates, … Continue reading

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. DEF:  “a person or animal having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics, either abnormally or (in the case of some organisms) as the natural condition.” The pose of this hermaphrodite is one of the most … Continue reading

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the sculpture of Cosimo Carlucci of Lecce

Below, “Violenza” (1960)  and two other pieces by Cosimo Carlucci at the Museo Storico Citta di Lecce. Worth a trip to southern Italy just to see these.

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Snowy Christmas Creche in Lecce – Roman Amphitheater

. First snow in ten years so no cats in the ruins, no Pugliese in the vicolo, but lucky for us espresso and pasticiotto at I’vino, where an efficiency lives that belies Lecce’s streets.

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Enzo Mari, allegoria della morte

. Brion Gysin in the sawmill, William Burroughs at the window: Even a snowflake on the hearth has a better chance of epiphany. It’s about “method,” isn’t it? Having none is just a default to the biological, as the newspaper … Continue reading

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The best cafe in the world

. This is the best cafe in the world. It is the Anisetta Meletti in Ascoli Piceno, which is a mouthful. It is in the Marche region of Italy, north of the more famous Abruzzi region. The building is original, … Continue reading

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Last Thursday in Assisi, Italy

. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord show his face to you and have mercy on you. The Lord turn his countenance upon you and give you peace. May the Lord always bless you. – St. Francis

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