Hometown - by Rina FERRARELLi - A POEM ABOUT SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
Hometown - by Francesco
Giovanni in Fiore (1050 mt. about sea level)
is a small medieval town in the Sila mountain range in Calabria.
It has a population of 20.000, but half of them have emigrated
to other places.
and who founded San Giovanni in Fiore
Giovanni in Fiore was founded in the XIII century around the Florens Abbey which was built by Gioacchino
da Fiore, a medieval mystic and Cistercian monk, who wrote a lot of books about the prophecy of the salvation
of the human race; for which
he was very renowend even that time. Dante in the Divine Comedy decribed him as one "endowend
whith prophetic spirit".
Giovanni in Fiore today
the poem My
FERRARELLI describes the nostalgia she feels for the hometown
and her pride in her roots, also she talks about how the old
town is full of unused empty houses which were
built by past generations of people from San Giovanni in Fiore
for their children, but their children have never come back
to San Giovanni in Fiore to live in these houses.
Mediterranean Culture: Cultural antropologic
and urbanistic disaster for a History of italians and florenses
View of modern San Giovanni in
Photography: Gaetano MASCARO, copyright
the first chapter of the essay of "The
restless alliance between psychopathology and anthropology (memories and reflections of an experience on the field)" - drawn of the "I
fogli di Oriss", N 1, on 1993 - the Dr.
Salvatore INGLESE wrote: My first impression
was that of a place contained on him self, wrapped around
an invisible, monastic and claustrophobic secret.
don't see a positive future for San Giovanni in Fiore unless
there a change of political class and the development of the
the goldsmith tradition,
in the course of the History, the woven is the one that characterized
the handicraft production of San Giovanni in
Fiore, with bedspreads
and trousseaus with strongly coloured geometrical motifs,
some directly inspired by those of the hellenic
colonists who in their turn had been instructed
by Persian craftsmen. It’s useless to say that, beyond
small sporadic examples, currently this tradition is practically
its rich history and natural beauty San Giovanni in
Fiore today is in a state of economic and cultural
ruin, beacause of mass
emigration, political degradation and the failure of traditional
old medieval town
on a steep mountainside
which boasts as its founder
whom Dante put in the Paradiso
stayed the same until WWII
surviving it unscathed,
but now, even here,
narrow three story houses
fill every vacant space
and every garden
every single one
has been paved
made into a road or parking lot.
is not the greed
or the need to take part
in the twentieth century,
but the trust,
the confidence in the future.
The wars are forgotten,
the hunger, i padroni.
for the first time in history,
even here it’s America.
born in San Giovanni in Fiore but she emigrated to USA vhen
she was fifteen.
has published a chapbook, Dreamsearch (Malafemmina Press,
1992), and a full-length book of original poems, Home Is a
Foreign Country (Eadmer Press, 1996); her translation Light
without Motion received the Italo
Calvino Prize. Her work has also appeared in many journals
and anthologies, including American Sports Poems (Orchard
Books, 1988), Artful
Dodge, Chelsea, Hudson Review, and International
Quarterly. She teaches English and translation theory
at the University
Saverio Alessio in San Giovanni in Fiore - background: one
of his architectural decoration works
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