“The seers” by Giuseppe Benassi, an expanded revision of “Occhi senza pupille”, is an example of how a second draft can be much superior to the first.

The topic revolves around the same elements, the story takes place between Livorno, Paris and Volterra, the portraits without pupils are still those…


It was 1976, I was 15, and on Sunday afternoons the whole family, wherever they were, ran home to see the episode of “Space 1999”. At that time there was no Raiplay, there was no TV on demand and there were still no VCRs. …


Today I learned that you will die, mother. Not for that I loved you more. But I have to come to terms with this thing that seems impossible, or very possible. I have to come to terms with my not loving you anymore and not remembering who you were, who…


Ah, the legendary children’s TV! It lasted an hour, at most two, if you also considered the programs of older children. I waited for five in the afternoon with my heart in my mouth, I who did not go out and did not see other children. It was my only…


I feel like crying reading your words.


The stopgap

It was 1967 and I was in first grade. My mother was strict, in the evening I had to go to bed after Carosello, like all the children of the time, because in the morning I had to go to school and waking up was not easy at…


Let’s face it, we women like to keep dominance over the washing machine, which we easily understand. When we are sick we find ourselves giving desperate directions to the husband: the detergent in the tray in the center, the softener in the one on the left, the bleach only for…


Young people today cannot understand the emotion we felt when, upon returning from vacation, maybe fifteen days later if you were busy, you finally collected the envelope that contained the photographs of the holidays. And you magically leapt back to the places and moments you left behind.

You took out…


To describe Gino Pitaro’s “Expected life”, one must necessarily use the abused and worn-out term: Bildungsroman. Gianni and Federico studied together and were inseparable until maturity, after which they move away, following different paths. Gianni is the literary incarnation of the author, with his studies that lock him up, despite…


“What remains”, by Emanuela Amici, has an unoriginal plot and is written in an elegant but conventional way. But it has the advantage of being read quickly and pointing the finger at complex family relationships, often masked by a veneer of normality. …

Patrizia Poli

Patrizia Poli was born in Livorno in 1961. Writer of fiction and blogger, she published five novels.

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