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The shape of Lampedusa (reprise)

(Written following a trip to Lampedusa, two years after writing The shape of Lampedusa – part 1) After having visited Lampedusa, I see four new shapes in its map. As suggested by this mural on the side of a children’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Island

Christmas Island, located at 10°30′S 105°40′E, 500 km south of Java in the east Indian Ocean. An Australian territory since 1957. Area 135 km2, population 2,072 (as of 2011). A place where several migrations intersect: Chinese and Malay ‘coolies’ (i.e. migrant … Continue reading

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Robben Island

For the past ten days, I haven’t been living where I’m living. I searched for Robben Island on the map, and I’ve been absorbed ever since. Area 5.07 km², pretty much flat, 12 km north-north-west of Cape Town in Table … Continue reading

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Poem to the Senkaku/Diaoyutai mole

There’s a photo-tagging war raging around the Senkaku / Diaoyu / Tiaoyutai Islands on Google Earth, and it’s hilarious. Many of the photographs are accompanied by messages more or less well parsed by machine translation, often with exclamation marks in … Continue reading

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Out of place – or to return without returning

Eppure l’Italia è una parola aperta, piena d’aria. Erri de Luca, Solo andata (Nota di geografia) Map after map, we’re accustomed to seeing the Italian peninsula as a boot, perhaps for the catwalk, perhaps for the football pitch, or simply … Continue reading

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The shape of Lampedusa

(Notes for a future ‘Atlas‘ poem) The island of Lampedusa has some highly intriguing shapes. A door snail, peeking out of its elongated shell, checking if it’s safe to slide out. The head of a shrew, looking the other way, … Continue reading

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The Mediterranean, south-up

After a long summer writing about islands and migrations, this weekend I’ll be back on the road, and on the sea. On Sunday 22nd, I’ll be in the village of Carosino, Italy, for the second edition of the festival Parlate … Continue reading

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