Locked down like the rest of Italy, a poet draws his country close by phone
“I am available every morning from nine until noon,” Franco Arminio wrote.
In the days since, in one phone call after the next, Arminio has received an intimate portrait of Italy under coronavirus lockdown — of a nation that is bored, afraid, antsy, thinking about everything from quiet daily beauty to death. People have talked to him about books, and loneliness, and trees. A beekeeper said birds are “quietly singing in the countryside.” A factory worker said his plant had closed down. An engineer said he had rediscovered the pleasure of being with his two children.
Armino’s phone rang.
“Hello,” he said.
The caller introduced herself as Luisa.
“I am living right in front of the hospital of Varese,” she said. “I wake up to the sound of helicopters every morning.”
More than 100 calls have come in, from all across Italy. But they could be from any part of the world where people are seeing the …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]