Vol. 14 No. II (2023)
Sezione monografica: «Tutta distrutta, tutta nuova nata». Poesia e macerie

Il senso della poesia italiana postrema per le macerie

Andrea Afribo
Università degli Studi di Padova

Published 2023-12-22


  • rubble,
  • third landscapes,
  • places of trauma,
  • Italian poetry of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

How to Cite

Afribo, A. (2023). Il senso della poesia italiana postrema per le macerie. L’ospite Ingrato, 14(II), 17–37. https://doi.org/10.36253/oi-15569


Rubble, debris, wreckage belong to the “intimate fabric” and “the very instinct of poetry,” wrote Zanzotto in his Montalian essays. This essay investigates and reflects on such a motivic constellation, nearly a new topos, in Italian poetry of the second twentieth century and the extreme contemporary. In the first part, starting from some critical pages by Sereni and Zanzotto himself, some meanings and functions of rubble are fixed in advance, including, trivially and in extreme synthesis, between a sense of the end and the destroyed and generative signs of new value grammars, between “scatology” and “eschatology” to quote Zanzotto again. The central part of the essay identifies a number of categories within which to place and distinguish the repertorized material. These include the category of brownfields or ‘third landscapes’; that of landfills; or that of places traumatized by catastrophic natural events such as earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. The essay’s conclusions return to the meaning and senses of rubble, waste loci, ruins and so on. The poets cited are Maurizio Cucchi, Fabio Pusterla, Antonella Anedda, Franco Buffoni, Italo Testa, Giuliano Mesa, Vincenzo Frungillo, Cosimo Ortesta, Flavio Santi, Sara Ventroni, Giovanna Frene, Francesca Matteoni, Giuliano Tabacco, Andrea Raos, and Maria Grazia Calandrone.