(A special monographic volume edited by Rosalba de Filippis, Luca Lenzini, Miriana Meli, Roberto Mosi, Severino Saccardi and Simone Siliani)

This is a special, entirely monographic and exclusive volume of “Testimonianze” (which is certainly not a literary review but is however inspired by humanist ideals). The contributions aim to frame our contemporary world by including its opacity, its contradictions, its complexity and its ambivalence. In this case a peculiar and unusual point of view is used: poetry. Reality is hence seen through the eyes of the poets both of our present and of our near or distant past, who are presented either through portraits (made by an external narrator) or through their own verses as first-person narrators. Near the medallions of great authors painted by scholars, and/or writers and critics, thematic itineraries are outlined too (among these some are edited by the young students of two Florentine high-schools). Examples of itineraries are: women poetry, visual poetry and international poetry from all different latitudes. In addition, poets, who passed away recently, are recalled by writers and friends, who stood at their side and, who bring to life with a certain vividness the poet’s experience, ambitions and human or cultural journey.