Manuela Monari’s Poetry

November 19, 2019 17:47
Manuela Monari

Hi, I’m Manuela Monari, a teacher and writer from Modena, Italy. This crowdfunding campaign is about financing the publication and distribution of 2 volumes of intense, intimate and lyrical poems that I have written over the last decade.

Thanks to the support from my wonderful friends and artists who have contributed some of their work as rewards for this crowdfunding project this crowdfunding campaign has now flourished beyond its initial aim. Therefore first and foremost, I would like to thank my artist friends: the Italian hyperrealist artist, Massimo Pedrazzi; the illustrator Evelyn Daviddi, Stillarte artist Chiara Criniti and the creator of jewellery from Trieste, Susanna Martini whose artwork you can find featured as rewards for this campaign together with the main feature of this crowdfunding campaign, my poetries.

I would like to reach out to all poetry-lovers out there to help me make this long-awaited dream come true. The full description of the campaign and the wonderful artwork offered as rewards can be viewed on my page on Produzioni dal Basso, the official crowdfunding site I have chosen to host my campaign. Videos will also be made available on the campaign site in the original Italian language throughout the campaign. Currently my books of poems are available only in the original Italian version. Do state your interest if you wish to purchase the English version by sending an email to manuela@stillarte.com and we will update you as soon as this becomes available. Unfortunately the presentation video is only available in Italian, but both in the presentation video and in the written presentation that follows, I aim to throw more light on what writing and poetry, in particular, means to me.

One day in April, whilst going through some of my notes, thinking about how I could get this project off the ground, as I sat in my favourite spot surrounded by mountains, I came across this aphorism…

“I am a child of travellers. My home is wherever I am and my life is full of surprising adventures.” Amin Maalouf, “Leo Africanus”

Somehow, this aphorism fired my imagination for this project and I immediately jotted down the following words, which seemed to encapsulate what my relationship with poetry is.

Since when I was a teenager, I have always loved writing poetry and this has followed me through to my teaching career, where I try to share my passion with my students. My notes are bursting with hand-written poems, some in my shaky handwriting of when I was only twelve.

My outlook on life hasn’t changed much. I have always been the curious type. I was already asking the same questions that I still ask now.

With age and experience, some of my questions have found answers but others are still out there… Poetry gives me an insight into things, like nothing else can and that is probably why I have never stopped writing poetry.

What do I write? So far mainly children’s books that have been published for years, in Italy and abroad. I also write songs, aphorisms and poems reflecting on a myriad of life experiences.

Why do I write? Here is what I wrote a short time ago in my little house up in the Apennine mountains, an intimate, remote place, where I find peace and tranquillity, the same place is the location for the presentation video. 

Going back to Amin Maalouf, he says that…

Poems represent journeys, a caravan, home, adventure and surprise.
Journeys… Because poems are the fragments of beauty that you collect in your daily journey. They are the micro or macro awareness that meaningful experiences leave within you; the subtle layers of feelings and emotions that have accumulated over time. They are unique, because they are the fruit of your life experiences.

Reading my poems in sequence after many years for this project, I realize that each poem is like a small landmark on the journey of life. 

Poems represent the caravan of my life. You write them on your hands, arms, in your soul, on crumpled paper and now on your cell phone, computer, on paper napkins, whilst sitting on a rock, on the subway, in the street, in bed weeping – everywhere. They are part of your itinerant world, as you seek answers to your questions, as you seek the truth.

They are your HOME. Because when you hear, when you write, you cross a threshold and enter a remote and sacred place, where only you have access to. Sometimes you will find peace and harmony and feel a warm glow of safety. At other times, it will be like walking in a vast meadow full of blinding light. And yet, you may also feel an emptiness and the need to curl up in the stillness of time. They are all one and the same place.

You. Your house. What you really are and where you can reboot your life and try and find answers to your questions.

Poems are ADVENTURE. Yes, because every step we take is an adventure into the unknown, the unexpected. The changing scenario of events and thoughts.

You don’t write when everything is ordinary or peaceful. You write when you are moved through pain and anguish or when confronted with the beauty of breath-taking landscapes, flowers, sunrises. They move you to open up to the world.

Poems are SURPRISES. Because it is only through the eyes of wonder and innocence that, in your frenetic world, you can escape. A poem can be humble, like a simple daisy and be just part of a true and wonderful continuum. It is not for everyone.

It hides under the surface and you sometimes need to dig deep to uncover it, to uncover that unity that is the spirit of the universe, ready to reveal itself only to those who are ready to climb to the top of life and feeling. It takes courage or, maybe, only the will to remain childlike at heart; to continue to believe in playing, beauty and innocence.

This is what poetry and writing mean to me; discovering yourself and the world. For me. In my experience. This is what I tried to do.

This is why I want to share this experience with you and anyone who wishes to join me on this journey.

On my journey through life, I listened, saw, felt, investigated, suffered, climbed, laughed, fell, probed, rejoiced, scrutinised, screamed, remained silent, sank, flew, let myself go, gave, received, understood and learnt. 

A journey lasting 55 years.

A two-volume poetic journey that I hope will like and find useful.

Please help me realize this dream.

Manuela

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"A New Light"

December 1, 2017 17:03

THE AUTHOR:

Hi!

My name is Francesca Patton.

I am a writer and journalist and I also teach Italian and history.

I have always liked reading and writing stories since I was a child and, so far, I have published a number of books of fantasy and a few collections of poems and essays.

What prompted me to write this book was a very tragic event that happened in my life in 2014. Following a complicated pregnancy, I was admitted to Santa Chiara hospital in Trento, Italy. After 30 days of hospitalisation, I gave birth to premature twins, Leonardo Domenico and Massimiliano Domenico, who, unfortunately, only survived one month.

Somehow, I knew that the only thing that could help me overcome this devastating experience was to put pen to paper. The book, Lanterna di Luce (A New Light) is the result of this endeavour. The book is part sci-fi, part sentimental, with a huge dose of personal experience weaved into it. However – and this is not a spoiler – it has a positive outcome. A New Light uses a variety of narrative techniques based on the STUDY OF DESIRES.

With Professor Thierry Bonfanti, I am currently undergoing a two-year training course in a new approach to philosophy and psychology focusing on DESIRE and the French psychologist, Michel Lobrot.

WRITING THERAPY

I offer courses on creative writing and writing therapy using a variety of writing techniques to create a feeling of well-being in the reader.

In my creative writing course, I often meet people that have lost the ability to dream or who are unable to set a distance between themselves and external events. To such people, I offer a series of activities to help fire their thoughts. Results obtained so far have been extraordinary; I have been able to restore some degree of reality in their lives, at the end of the course my students feel revitalized and full of energy. This is because they have regained the courage to reach deep down and liberate their desires.

WHERE DID THE IDEA OF LANTERNA DI LUCE (A NEW LIGHT) COME FROM?

Lanterna di Luce - Elisa Algarotti
Lanterna di Luce – Elisa Algarotti

A New Light came from observing that we humans are becoming more and more bogged down by our problems and thoughts. We find it hard to relax and find time for ourselves. We act frenetically and impulsively. By the time we get to the evening, we are worn out. All we want to do is to flop in front of the TV or catch up on the social network. Then we drag ourselves to bed without speaking with anyone. And the next day is just like the previous one, only even more nerve-racking.

That’s why I decided to create a book to help readers bring out their most intimate desires. A book that takes the reader to an ALTERNATIVE WORLD; one that is extraordinary, where you can find the energy and strength to confront your own reality: in short, a book that fulfils your own desires.

This is how A New Light was conceived; it is a book written in such a way as to help bring out your most intimate desires and find the key to achieve them.

CROWDFUNDING

To get this book published, I have decided to by-pass the editor and appeal directly to the those who share my same interests. I believe this will enable me to reach more people and I hope that the public is ready to appreciate a project aimed at promoting well-being in the form of a book, a book that can act as a catalyst for one’s own desires.

SUMMARY

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers about the book, however, I will say that the story starts aboard a ship. A young lady, a physicist, reveals her scientific discovery to a complete stranger. The book itself is a series of unexpected events that eventually reveal the connection between the two main characters. A set of twins, a magic lamp and a Kingdom made of light and pure magic soon find their way into the story. I can’t say any more but you certainly won’t be disappointed.

To create the kingdom of light, I did some research into the world of colours and light and borrowed a lot from the scientific and philosophical works of Isaac Newton, Goethe and Schopenhauer. The key word in this section of the book is, indeed, LIGHT. A light that leaps out of the pages of the book and into to the heart of the reader.

It’s a special book; it’s a book that was conceived from the desire to bridge the gap between dreams and reality.

COLLABORATION WITH ELISA ALGAROTTI

Lanterna di Luce - Elisa Algarotti
Lanterna di Luce – Elisa Algarotti

Ten watercolour and oil illustrations were also commissioned to complement the book. Elisa, the illustrator, and I hit it off together immediately. Elisa was particularly intrigued by the letters featured in the book. “I was fascinated by the letters because they felt so real!”, she said. I was introduced to Elisa through a close friend of mine and we met up in spring, when she showed me the sort of work she did. I just loved her style. On the surface, her pictures appear to be so simple, yet complex. You are inevitably drawn into them, as if in a sort of trance…

ILLUSTRATIONS

For A New Light we spent a long time studying how to create images that the reader could immediately identify with. As I said before, the pictures are so complex and yet simple. Understanding her images relies on unveiling a hidden detail in each illustration. The illustrations themselves were inspired by images created for the book, The Little Prince, by Saint-Exupéry, only that these have more COLOUR, to help highlight the real protagonist of the picture and, indeed, the main theme of the book, i.e., LIGHT. In hardback copies, the illustrations will be printed on 130 gsm, high-quality, matte paper.

APPEAL

My dream is to complete the book with all its illustrations and to get it translated into a number of languages and distributed worldwide. This is more than just a book; it is a source of energy and strength and helps you to face up to your everyday challenges. I really believe in this project and wish to bring A New Light into everyone’s heart and I really hope I can count on you to help me achieve this dream.

Thank you.

The full crowdfunding campaign is currently available only in Italian and you can support it by clicking on the following link: Lanterna di Luce

Here you can find the full list of the perks currently available for you to support the project:

Free donation

Our heart-felt thanks for your interest and support. Please let your friends and followers know about our crowdfunding campaign. Thanks.

8 Euros
Digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti and our heart-felt thanks for your interest and support.

28 Euros inclusive of postage and packaging
Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of The Magic Lantern created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti and our heart-felt thanks for your interest and support.

40 Euros inclusive of postage and packaging
Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti, signed by the authors and our heart-felt thanks for your interest and support.

150 Euros inclusive of postage and packaging (10 available)
Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti, signed by the authors, our heart-felt thanks for your interest and support and the first 10 subscribers will be offered the right to become characters in the final illustration of the book. They will be required to send a recent photo of themselves to: lanterna@stillarte.com.

150 Euros inclusive of postage and packaging (10 available)
Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti, signed by the authors, our heart-felt thanks for your interest and support and the first 20 subscribers will be able to add a comment to an illustration in the book, by sending a message to: lanterna@stillarte.com.

150 Euros (10 available)
One-hour creative writing introductory lesson + one-hour of creative writing consultancy via Skype (in Italian) with the author Francesca Patton.

 230 Euros
WRITEMOTION CREATIVE WRITING COURSE (14 July 2018 – 10 available) + Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti.

The course is only available in Italian and is divided into two 3-hour parts. The first part starts with a session focusing on observing and listening to nature and one’s inner self before immersing into the world of literature through selected passages by past, modern and contemporary authors. The aim is to record one’s own experience and share it freely with the rest of the group.

Details of the course:
– Saturday 14 July, 09.00 – 12.00 workshop focusing on oneself and creativity
– Saturday 14 July, 15.00 – 18.00 workshop on creative writing with feedback on work.

230 Euros
ARTEMOTION COURSE (15 July 2018 – 10 available) + Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti.

This expressive painting course is divided into two 3-hour parts and is only available in Italian. The aim is to focus on freely expressing one’s emotions through fantasy and colours and on revealing oneself on canvas. The image part of the course will be complemented by a musical element: the brush strokes of the artist will be guided by sounds to help reveal one’s passion.

Details of the course:
– Sunday 15 July, 09.00 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 18.00

430 Euros
WRITE&ARTEMOTION COURSE (14-15 July 2018 –10 available) + Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti.

The content of the course is identical to what’s covered in the individual courses and are available in Italian only.

Details of the course:
– Saturday 14 July, 09.00 – 12.00 and 15.00 – 18.00 painting workshop
– Sunday 15 July, 09.00 – 12.00 workshop focusing on oneself and creativity
– Sunday 15 July, 15.00 – 18.00 creative writing workshop with feedback on work.

550 Euros
TOUR OF THE SETTING of A New Light (28-29 July 2018 –10 available) + Hardback copy and digital version (eBook) of A New Light created by Francesca Patton and illustrated by Elisa Algarotti.  

The level of difficulty of the tour is medium, i.e., it is aimed at experienced walkers, as it involves a good deal of walking up and down hill. Therefore, participants are expected to be in good physical and mental health.
The duration of the course is approximately 5 hours. Participants will be expected to bring along their own packed lunch and liquids to last them for the entire duration of the walk.

Details:
– Saturday 28 July, departure 09.00. Locations: Quaras, Piramidi di Segonzano, Cascata del Lupo and Bedollo. Return in the afternoon. (10 kilometres)
– Sunday 29 July, departure 09.00. Car to Malga Stramaiolo and then on foot to Tonini refuge; packed lunch at refuge and return on foot. Stopover at Malga Pontare and Inferno Waterfall. Return in the afternoon. (10 kilometres approx.).

New: Acquire an original and unique work of art! Only three available at 350 Euros each.

Original illustration measuring 30 x 30 cm, mounted on a white background, in an off-white, wooden frame (measurement including frame: 46×46 cm). Technique: Watercolour and oil, grammage 200g/m2. Price includes packaging and delivery by courier.

Choose an Illustration:

Monti (Mountains)
This illustration depicts the passage from the book: “It was like being surrounded by all my philosopher friends, with their long beards, as we engaged in long conversations…”

Barcaiolo (Boatman)
This illustration depicts the passage from the book: “I just couldn’t get Monet’s paintings out of my head… I was the boatman of tomorrow…”

Luce (Light)
This illustration depicts the passage from the book: “They were so tightly joined together like two cards. I couldn’t see their faces. They just emitted such a pure light…”

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