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Perspectives: A Review of 2013


War Again 2013


by Guido Monte & His Students


Multilingual Poetry


Research: Riccardo Pansarella, Virginia Lentini, Alessandro Fricano, Gianluca Palacino, Alberto Gioè, Asia Mattaliano, Alice Petruzzella, Maria Lavinia Patorno.


... I oppose ALL wars. I want children to grow playing football and learning poetry and love from you. I do not understand why we name people names. Arab, Russian, Chinese, black, white, gay, straight, etc. etc. etc. Can't we accept each other and learn that we are all humans?

(Gilles d'Aymery, in an e-mail to Guido Monte, 24 October 2013)

Pic: "Guerra" - © 2013 by Pippo Zimmardi - Size: 41k
© 2013 Pippo Zimmardi



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•   Aeschylus : "Laments and moans filled the sea, until the eye of the dark night put an end to the slaughter" ... and Virginia: What's the beauty of the war compared to the beauty of the world? How easily could we achieve adrenaline and happiness without killing one another?!

•   "Massacres and bombings in the Sri Lankan civil war" (ABC, Thursday, 18 April 2013) ... and Franklin: "There was never a good war, or a bad peace."

•   Bruno Tognolini: "Let's hope the children's anger won't present to us a too expensive bill" ... and Asia: We destroy countries, peoples, cities, houses, families, children, women, men, but also ourselves.

•   "As a result of battle injuries in the Iraq War, 991 service members received wounds that required amputations; 797 lost major limbs, such as a leg. In Afghanistan, 724 have had to undergo amputations, with 696 losing a major limb" (Journalist's Resource, February 19, 2013) ... and Maria Lavinia: War is a stupid game, give it up.

•   Eleanor Roosevelt: "Anyone who thinks must think of the next war as they would of suicide" ... and Alessandro: It's just with the war when we experience the men's worst part.

•   Davide Cuomo: "There is just a way to win a war: to avoid it." ... and Alberto: War is the only fight you can't win fighting.

•   Freud: "Everything promotes civil evolution, operates also against war" ... and Alice: Wash, generals and presidents, your hands dirty of blood!

•   De Andrè: "You take off the voice of the dead in battle / who gave the life had in exchange the cross" ... and Gianluca: War is rich... of dead souls.

•   "Militants hold out as Kenya forces try to crush cross-border jihad" (Reuters, Monday, 23 September 2013) ... and me: non esistono guerre giuste, il n'existe pas de guerres justes, there are no right wars...



Guido Monte's students are from the Liceo classico "G. Meli" of Palermo (Italy).

picture: Guerra by Pippo Zimmardi (2013).


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