“I have revisited the ages of my life. These are my rivers.” – Giuseppe Ungaretti
Giuseppe Ungaretti, 1888-1970, was an Italian modernist poet, journalist, essayist, critic and academic. Peter Monacelli is an Italian modernist poet, artist, musician, critic and academic. He had a second opening on Friday for his mini retrospective, “These Are My Rivers,” at Colleen Buzzard’s Studio. It takes at least two visits to take this show in. This time I was blown away by this cluster of nine exquisite pieces. Pete’s wall tag was the recipe and icing on the cake.
“These are my Rivers. A symphony in three movements.
1st Movement: Searching For Home
For that place we knew before we were affected by the world, before we gave up our innocence too cheaply.
2nd Movement: Escaping Extinction
Religions promise of an afterlife: Informed by 1950s sci-fi movies.
3rd Movement: The River
The river is a symbol for Gloria. After the rain.”
That’s a lot to work with.