ICARUS

Icarus, the son of Daedalus, a great Athenian sculptor and architect, then in the service of Minos, the king of Crete, was locked into the labyrinth with his father which he himself had designed for fear that they would reveal its secrets.Daedalus planned their escape by creating wings of feathers and wax which he adapted to his body and that of his son. However, once in flight, Icarus flew too close to the sun making the wax melt and thus falling into the sea. Only his elderly father survived.

I would like to fly away from here, be cured of this pointless disease,
burn under another light, a clear, scorching dawn.

You’re right, I must be careful, at those heights I risk my soul.
But the poison of chance fills my veins, the earth crushes me.

Astride this rapture I’ll smash every desperation.
I’ll embrace the air, rise to safety, towards distant borders.

You’ll find me down there, alone, sated by time, by every fancy,
finally ready, lost, tossed in the throat of the waves.

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Marton Csokas, the actor known for playing Celeborn in the Lord of the Rings, reads Gabriele Tinti’s poem, “Icarus,” inspired by the sculpture “Icaro” preserved at the Centrale Montemartini:

This video is part of the “Ruins” project and is the result of the cult of Tinti’s series of poems inspired by the most important masterpieces of ancient art. This video was made with the contribution of the Culture and Art Foundation, an instrumental body of the Third Pillar International Foundation chaired by Prof. Avv. Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele. The English translation of the poem is published in MiGoZine by permission of the author.

GABRIELE TINTI is an Italian poet and writer. He has published New York Shots (Allemandi&C. 2011), The way of the cross (Allemandi&C. 2012), All over (Mimesis Publishing, 2013), and Last words (Skira Rizzoli, 2015). He has worked with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Roman Museum, the Capitoline Museums, The Ara Pacis, the National Archaeological Museum, Naples and the Glyptothek of Munich composing poems for ancient works of art including the Boxer at Rest, the Discobolus, Arundel Head, the Ludovisi Gaul, the Victorious Youth, the Farnese Hercules, the Hercules by Scopas, the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon, the Barberini Faun, the Doryphoros, and many other masterpieces. His poems have been performed by actors Joe Mantegna, Michael Imperioli, Burt Young, Alessandro Haber, Robert Davi, Vincent Piazza, Marton Csokas, and Franco Nero.

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