The contemporary international and Italian poetry show, Ritratti di Poesia (Portraits of Poetry), designed in 2006 by Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale that promotes and organises the event through Fondazione Cultura e Arte, was held for the thirteenth year running at the Temple of Hadrian – the ‘salon of Rome’ – on Piazza di Pietra.
On the 15th February 2019, the usual sequence of meetings, readings, interviews, debates, ideas were held for over ten hours, from morning to evening, focused on poetry and its relationship with other expressions of human genius (music, science, medicine). In particular, this year several important projects of cultural value related to poetry were brought to the attention of the public during the event.
Amongst the highlights of the day were: the performance ‘L’infinito infinito (infinite infinity)’ by the actor and composer Luca Mauceri, devoted to the bicentenary of the composition of Giacomo Leopardi’s famous poem; a rerun of a fragment of an interview, produced by TV2000 with Ermanno Olmi according to whom “no weapon in the world can beat poetry”, a concept that was ideally the guiding principle of the event; an interview with the Irish visual artist and film producer Clare Langan who combines poetry and aesthetics and investigates the human condition in her films; meetings with two Italian composers, Silvia Colasanti and Michele Sganga, who illustrated the music composed for poetry and let the audiences listen to some pieces, with the Guadagnini Quartet and the baritone Riccardo Primitivo Fiorucci.
The book ‘Piccolo dizionario della cura’, composed of poetry and short essays on care, produced by Fondazione Sanità e Ricerca, was presented and discussed by the Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele and the President of Fondazione Sanità e Ricerca Vittorio Ruta during the course of the morning.
This year the promoter of the event, Professor Emanuele, awarded the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Ritratti di Poesia Prize to the Italian jurist, author and poet, Corrado Calabrò. In the international context, the Fondazione Terzo Pilastro Prize was awarded to one of South Africa’s most renowned poets, Ingrid de Kok.
Numerous Italian poets were the guests in the usual “Frome Pen to Pen” slot. The successful ‘Dear Poet’ meeting with the Roman high schools was held again this year, featuring Franco Buffoni, Terry Olivi and Elio Pecora who met the students from the Convitto Nazionale, De Sanctis e Machiavelli schools.
The National Prize and the European Prize were awarded to the winners of the ‘Ritratti di Poesia.280’ competition, to acknowledge that verses may be composed in tweets no longer than 280 characters.
Finally, a conversation about the Piccolo Museo della Poesia (Museum of Poetry) in Piacenza was held together with the artistic director Massimo Silvotti and the director of education Sabrina De Canio.
Curated as usual by Vincenzo Mascolo and produced in association with InventaEventi, the event was open to the public free of charge.