Quisquilia: Lib. nov.

Quid autem tanto fortunae strepitu desideratis?

Month: January, 2018

Minesweeping

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Zwinger, Dresden. Apr 2015.

Zwinger, Dresden. Apr 2015.

Try to forget this / Try to erase this / From the blackboard.

The minefields were cleared sometimes as early as in 1945, in Dresden and other cities, as attested to by this plaque. And yet, in Dresden and elsewhere all over Germany the corrosive danger of unexploded ordnances is hidden in plain sight. A public discourse that ever shifts for the worse and turns increasingly toxic, painting a difference in opinion as irreconcilable and the Other in stark terms, not in human greyscale. This might be a time, again, when minds start turning into minefields.

But who will be our Chanutin? Thanks for your visit!

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Shul of Life

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Neue Synagoge, Dresden. Apr 2015.

Neue Synagoge, Dresden. Apr 2015.

It was / essential // to / develop // the / skill // of / appearing / invisible // to / look / at the ground // slink / around // slide / inside // mix / in the middle // to / work // and / walk // and / sometimes / talk // as / though // you / didn’t / exist.

The synagogues have been rebuilt. New. Sleek. Almost Invisible. But what do you actually know about Jewish history in Germany but ? – Sometimes it seems / as though it did not exist.

– Poem by Lily Brett. Thanks for your visit!

The pull of history

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St. Paul's Cathedral Museum, Mdina. Sep 2017.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Museum, Mdina. Sep 2017.

Detail: Three historical wooden pulleys.
[W]herever a saint has dwelt, wherever a martyr has given his blood for the blood of Christ, / There is holy ground, and the sanctity shall not depart from it. / Though armies trample over it, though sightseers come with guide-books looking over it.

– T.S. Eliot. Thanks for your visit!

O Tejo é mais belo…

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Saudade. Cais das Colunas, Lisbon. Dec 2017. Saudade. Cais das Colunas, Lisbon. Dec 2017.

…que o rio que corre pela minha aldeia. (Fernando Pessoa)

There is great longing at the river banks of the Tejo, history nigh impending on the horizons and the remnants of former rule and global reach that speak to you: step forward, immerse / yourself in history and grandeur / can you feel the invite to take on a step or two? / The clear path across / the other shore a mere step or two away / the tempting fate? But in the tired demeanor of a man on his way to or from work there lies a moment of rest, and rest he will – and take a resolute step back then to the trades on Praça do Comércio.

– Thanks for your visit!