The Caribbean Coast of Colombia in the memoirs of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
There are two ways of recounting reality and deciding what the aim of a story is to be. You can recount, to make others see an image or you can choose
to arouse an image.The first choice , which may seem obvious, is fundamental.
In fact, even if often the immediacy of a photographic shot succeeds in catching all the colours and shapes of a lived experience, not always is it simple for a photographer to fix a particular, the only one in fact able to reveal the atmosphere of a place.
Besides technical knowledge, it is necessary to know how to look attentively.
The same thing happens with words; many writers go on and on, with long descriptions , full of redundant periods, without being able to involve the reader.
Tolfa: poet in the community
Who cares about poetry today? Who would believe there is a town where workers and craftsmen take part in poetry contests, where 4% of the population are members of a poetry circle, where there are ten extemporary poets, and poetry is important in the school?
The answer is, Tolfa, two hours from Rome. A windy town of five thousand people , on a hill in Tuscia , the ancient Etruria. No-one knows how old the oral tradition is, but the poets often talk of Homer: he, they say, was the source, and without him there would be no poetry.