If Only We Knew

If Only We Knew

My father-in-law was a contadino from Castropigano. He was brilliant. He had a grade five education. He possessed the patience of the sun and he could fix anything. He created tools that could fix anything, even better. A natural-born engineer who constantly saw what the problem was, he designed sistimi to improve upon the solution every year. He knew how…

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Anecdotes About Luciano Iacobelli

Anecdotes About Luciano Iacobelli

Curated by George Elliott Clarke When poet, publisher, artist, and bookseller Luciano Iacobelli passed away in September 2022, deep and grievous was the psychological wound to the Little Italy and wider Toronto collectives of salt-o-the-earth, coffeehouse artistes and hoi polloi, pub-haunting poets. Our lamentations were righteously heaven-shattering and correctly heart-splitting. Compiled here are seven reminiscences about the profound artist and…

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Dr Franklin

Dr Franklin

That autumn there was such a simple elegance to my own devastation that I didn’t think anybody else needed to know. I felt as if I had been ravaged beyond recognition. I refused to call my mother, and I refused to call my father, I refused to call my brother or my sister or even Tristan. Instead, one cloudy afternoon,…

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