Preface by Roberto Fattore
Days and nights as questions and answers.
Life and its neverending wondering. Wordly prayers shaped as poetry.
«The streets and squares of Rome: urbs and Eternal City, of men and God, unique still representing every city, starting point towards the foreshadowing of destiny. The voice is like a dialogue, its name is Francesco, subject and object of an undone approximation for an ever-changing, never substancial identity. Time is a pending, night-time season, it waits and is waited for. The day holds there, in a dream about the unraveling of shiny, early mornings and purple evenings, within those sunsets which linger on the edge between day and night.»
With these words, Roberto Fattore begins his preface to this collection of psalmodic fragments. The author first named it Notti romane (Roman Nights), fascinated by the nocturnal mood of a city which hides and reveals herself in the night, as well as entangled by another kind of night: the one which speaks of absence, disappointments, deception, corrupted trust. The kind of night which descends on the answers to the endless questions men ask about themselves, life, love and God. Answers as lost fragments, waiting for a new day to come, collected as a sequence in a story that goes from the darkness of the night to the hopeful light of a new dawn. The title refers to a notable verse from Isaiah (21:11), and it shows the author’s wish to produce a kind of poetry that, like a worldly prayer, could keep the suggestion of a biblical psalm.
Francesco Butturini wrote several books about history, art criticism and pedagogy as a school director responsible for ministerial programs on didactic updates. He also wrote some poetry collections.