Verses of life


Institutional Communication Service

31 May 2021

In mid-May, the workshop dedicated to contemporary poetry "Che verso ha la vita - scrivere tra passato e futuro" (Verses of life - writing between the past and the future) was held in dialogue with the poet and professor of USI Institute of Italian Studies, Fabio Pusterla. Suggested by the student body, the workshop involved students of literature, and more, in a journey through contemporary poetry that included considerations on poetry and the role it plays in our lives. We look back on this experience, which will probably be repeated next fall, through the words of the student association Il Letterificio.

From an idea born in October in the corridors of USI and revived after these long months of separation, during the month of May, about twenty of us students got together and conversed with poet and professor Fabio Pusterla on contemporary poetry.

We all felt the need to find a space where we could exchange ideas, meet and discuss literature, rediscover and share what is alive in the words we studied in class, or read and write independently.

But it was not only an opportunity for literature students to talk: PhD students and students from other USI faculties - from communication to economics, medicine and philosophy - and from the Università Statale di Milano also participated, united by their passion for literature, but above all by their desire to rediscover the energy of the university and the beautiful connections it has to offer.

The workshop took place over two days: on Friday, 14 May, Professor Pusterla began the discussion by addressing contemporary poetry's dialogue with tradition and the past through his personal experience as a poet. Three hours of intense exchanged on what poetry is today and how it still concerns and touches us. With the build-up of a greater sense of familiarity, the following morning, it was possible for participants to share their personal experiences: Saturday was in fact dedicated to the reading and discussion of poetic texts - both our own and those of authors dear to us - to ask ourselves once again what poetry is, what role it plays in our lives and whether it is true that, as Hölderlin says: "full of merit, but poetically, man dwells on this earth".