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Celebrating Italy

A poem by Impolite favourite Amy Barone

The Magi - Detail from: "Mary and Child, surrounded by angels", Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna 

CC Wikimedia Commons



When in Italy,
feel beautiful in Rome.
Grab a bike and get happy in Ferrara,


the planned Renaissance city,
where people travel by cycle
‘round ancient walls and along the Po.


Retrace Joyce’s steps in Trieste,
savor a splash from the Adriatic’s far north reach.
Work hard in Milan,


where serious Italians operate on Swiss time.
Greet my cousins in Teramo,
where hills shrouded in gold,


harbor lamb and mushrooms.
Get mystic in Ravenna,
where East meets West,


and Byzantine mosaics adorn
centuries’ old cathedrals.
Uncover Italy’s true masterpieces in Positano —


sea and sky and rock,
the big hole in the mountain
that resembles, well, anatomy,


and then indulge in heaping
plates of spaghetti con vongole.
Pledge to stay forever and never go back.

Amy Barone

About the Writer

Amy's poetry has appeared in CityLitRag, First Literary Review - East, Gravida, Impolite Conversation (UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among other publications. She reads at venues in New York City and Philadelphia and belongs to PEN America Center and the Brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age and is now a board member of the Italian American Writer's Association, co-organising and promoting their monthly readings in New York City. 


Amy's chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press. Her first collection, Views from the Driveway, was published by Foothills Publishing.


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