Update: New short story “Woman’s Body”

Woman absorbed in her traumatic thoughts

I just added a new short story titled “Woman’s Body.” It is a rough story with solid psychological overtones and centers on the trauma a girl experiences while waiting in an emergency room. Painful and introspective but also dramatically realistic.

Woman’s body

Discover the touching story of a girl in crisis as she relives her nightmare in an emergency room. It is a verist tale that combines psychology and stark reality.


Brief contextual note

The tragedy of violence experienced by women reveals a disturbing reality of the prevalence of rape and violence against women globally. Beyond the physical scars, the psychological impact of such traumatic experiences is profound and lasting. Victims often struggle with feelings of fear, shame, guilt, and helplessness, leading to conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.

The psychological aspects of these crimes delve into the motivations of the perpetrators and the social factors that contribute to such acts. Perpetrators often use violence as a means to exert power and control over women, reflecting deeply rooted problems of misogyny and patriarchy. The normalization of violence in some cultures further perpetuates this cycle, making it difficult for survivors to seek help and break free from trauma.

Addressing the psychological impact of rape and violence against women requires a comprehensive approach that includes trauma-informed care, mental health support services, and efforts to challenge entrenched beliefs and behaviors that perpetuate gender-based violence. We can only fight for a society where women are safe, respected, and empowered through collective action and support.


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Update: New poem “I want to dream of a Sleeping Reality”

God's creation of Eve while Adam slept.

I have just added a new poem titled “I Want to Dream of a Sleeping Reality,” the common thread of which is a deep desire to overcome the rigidity of superstructures imposed by man in his search for a “supreme rule.”

It is the rhapsodic expression of a cry of despair: reality must not bend to self-imposed wills; man can and must overcome the limit of morality to find his true nature!

I want to dream of a sleeping reality

I want to dream of a sleeping reality: let’s discover in the verses how the will to power (Nietzsche) to overcome an unnatural reality can make one want to dream of a world oblivious to man’s self-imposed rules.


Considerations on the Apollonian and Dionysian according to Nietzsche’s philosophy

Nietzsche’s conception of Apollonian and Dionysian principles represents a fundamental aspect of his philosophy. According to Nietzsche, the Apollonian represents order, rationality, and beauty, embodying harmony, clarity, and form. In contrast, Dionysians symbolize chaos, irrationality, and ecstasy, reflecting passion, spontaneity, and emotion.

While acknowledging the importance of the Apollonian, Nietzsche expresses a clear preference for the Dionysian. He believed embracing the Dionysian allowed individuals to tap into their primal instincts, creativity, and deeper emotional truths. For Nietzsche, the Dionysian represented a more authentic and liberating way of being, breaking free from the constraints of social norms and rationality.

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The idea of the Dionysian is dominant in Nietzsche as he saw in the creative force of chaos and ecstasy an actual realization of the human spirit. On the contrary, the Apolinnean order is always subordinated to “artificial” and unnatural rules. Man should pursue the Dionysian while not forgetting the positive essence of the Apollonian.

In essence, Nietzsche viewed the Apollonian and Dionysian as complementary forces that, if balanced, could lead to a more fulfilling and enriched human experience. Embracing the Dionysian alongside the Apollonian could enable individuals to transcend limitations, embrace their full potential, and live authentically.


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Update: New poetic prose: “Bacchus, Tobacco, and Venus: over the centuries faithful”

Pile of bottles: the vice of drinking alcohol certainly tops the list of pleasures and vices

I have added a new poetic prose entitled “Bacchus, Tobacco, and Venus: over the centuries faithful.” It is a tribute to pleasure, to life, and in defense of all those activities that the most boorish moralism tends to stigmatize and relegate to the “cellar of vices.”

Bacchus, Tobacco, and Venus: over the centuries faithful

Enter the universe of extravagance and the pleasures of life! A hymn to vice that pierces moralism and raises praise to the joy of living!


Note on the cult of the god Bacchus.

Bacchus, also known as Dionysus in Greek mythology, was the god of wine, celebrations, and ecstasy. He was often associated with the joyous and wild festivals celebrating his name. These festivals, known as Bacchanalia, were lively and energetic gatherings that praised Bacchus and engaged in wine consumption.

One of the main characteristics of Bacchus and the festivals held to honor him was the emphasis on wine. Wine played a central role in these festivals, symbolizing the essence of Bacchus himself. Wine consumption during festivals was believed to cause a state of ecstasy and unbridled joy.

A scene of a bacchanal (festival in honor of the god Bacchus) painted by W. Bouguereau (1825 - 1905)
A scene of a bacchanal (festival in honor of the god Bacchus) painted by W. A. Bouguereau (1825 – 1905)

Another remarkable aspect of these celebrations was their lively and exuberant nature. Bacchus festivals were known for their vibrant and energetic atmosphere, full of music, dancing, and revelry. Participants wore elaborate costumes, adorned themselves with ivy and vines, and engaged in ecstatic dancing and singing, all in honor of Bacchus.

These festivals were not limited to a particular place. Bacchus and his followers roam the countryside, celebrating in various settings such as forests, mountains, and natural landscapes. They often led processions, known as “bacchic processions,” where they marched through the streets, singing and dancing in honor of Bacchus.

In addition to the actual festivities, the bacchanalia also had a spiritual aspect. It was believed that by participating in these celebrations, individuals could achieve a state of divine communion with Bacchus. This connection was thought to bring blessings, fertility, and a sense of liberation.

Overall, Bacchus and the festivals organized to praise him with wine were characterized by a focus on celebration, ecstasy, and indulgence. They offered participants the opportunity to let go of their inhibitions, enjoy the joy of life, and connect with the divine through wine-drinking and exuberant parties.


 

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Update: New poetic prose “A Clock Ticks”

Detail of the mechanism of a mechanical clock

I have just added a new poetic prose entitled “A Clock Ticks.” It is a kind of elegy related to the inner observation of the periodic movement of a mechanical clock. Along with the gears, various natural elements also show their periodic oscillation between two poles that, although in opposition, eventually merge into a unity that transcends its original components.

A clock ticks

Observe how the clock pulses, cartons roll, stolen words fill a void of systole and diastole, and how wind songs meet poetry!


Historical considerations on the pendulum and periodic motion

With its ancient origins, the pendulum has played a crucial role in measuring time throughout history. Galileo Galilei first discovered it in the 16th century when they observed the oscillatory motion of a chandelier in a cathedral. Fascinated by this regular and predictable motion, Galileo realized that the pendulum could be used to measure time.

However, Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch scientist, truly revolutionized the use of the pendulum in measuring time. In the 17th century, Huygens designed the first practical grandfather clock, which used a pendulum to regulate the movement of the clock’s gears. This innovation significantly improved the accuracy of timing devices, leading to significant progress in various fields such as astronomy, navigation, and engineering.

Detail of Foucault's pendulum
Detail of the Foucault pendulum, an ingenious instrument invented to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth in a “visual” way.

The pendulum’s ability to maintain a constant and precise swing has made it an invaluable tool for measuring time. This was achieved because its oscillation period remains constant, regardless of the amplitude. As a result, pendulum clocks became the most accurate timekeeping devices for centuries until the invention of quartz crystal oscillators.

Today, although pendulum clocks are no longer the primary method of measuring time, their historical significance and contribution to the development of time measurement cannot be underestimated. They remain a testament to the ingenuity and curiosity of those early scientists who unlocked the mysteries of the pendulum and its applications in measuring time. They also still play an essential role in measuring musical time through mechanical metronomes based on an inverted pendulum. However, they have also often been replaced with more compact and efficient digital metronomes.


 

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Update: New poem: “Australia”

Map of AustraliaI recently added a new poem composed about twelve years ago at the Pão de Açúcar in Rio de Janeiro. The title is “Australia,” which might seem a bit strange, but that faraway place, in a very troubled context of existential boredom and introspection, inspired me to write these verses. I hope you enjoy the poem, and I look forward to reading and responding to your comments!

Australia

Immerse yourself in a journey with a traveler and her companion in an exploration of existential distance in love relationships.


Existential boredom, an enigma of the human condition, can be described as a deep sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction with the meaning and purpose of life. Human relationships do not quickly relieve this boredom, as they often fail to address the more profound existential questions that plague individuals.

In a world of social connections and constant communication, one might assume that human relationships could comfort those struggling with existential boredom. However, the reality is quite different. Although relationships can provide temporary distractions and fleeting moments of happiness, they rarely offer long-term fulfillment.

The reason for this disconnect lies in the inherent nature of existential boredom. It stems from a more profound desire for purpose and meaning in life. Although valuable and essential to our emotional well-being, human relationships do not inherently possess the capacity to fulfill this existential desire. They are limited by their imperfections and the finite nature of human interactions.

Existential boredom is a companion that never betrays
Existential boredom is a companion that never betrays

Existential boredom requires a deeper exploration of life’s fundamental questions. It requires introspection, self-discovery, and a search for personal meaning. Although relationships can be supportive in this journey, they cannot be the ultimate solution.

To address existential boredom, individuals must engage in activities that foster personal growth and self-reflection. They should seek unconventional sources of fulfillment such as pursuing passions, engaging in creative endeavors, or undertaking spiritual quests. By digging into the depths of their existence, individuals can begin to unravel the complexities of boredom and find a deeper purpose.

In conclusion, although human relationships undoubtedly play a crucial role in our lives, they alone cannot relieve the relentless grip of existential boredom. This elusive condition requires a deeper exploration of one’s existence and a commitment to finding meaning on a personal level. Only through self-discovery and the pursuit of purpose can individuals hope to transcend the confines of existential boredom and find a deep sense of fulfillment.


 

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Update: New poem, “I rode a white beast.”

Circles, the best representation of eternal return
Circles, the best representation of the eternal return

I added a new poem,I rode a white beast.” After various analyses I have conducted, its structure is based on an implicit reinterpretation of Nietzsche‘s concept of eternal return. It is a central concept in his philosophy, suggesting that all events in the universe will repeat themselves infinitely. This theory holds that everything we experience has already happened an infinite number of times and will continue to do so.

Nietzsche believed embracing this idea could lead to a heightened sense of responsibility and authenticity in our actions since every choice we make essentially means reliving it for eternity. This concept challenges traditional notions of time and offers a unique perspective on the cyclical nature of existence.

I look forward to reading and responding to your comments!


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Update: new short story: “The Pact”

man in black jacket standing in front of neon light signageI’ve added a new short story titled “The Pact.” The character searches for a place to intone an invocation one winter night. Follow him in his story and experience the most disturbing encounter with him! I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to reading and answering your comments!

The pact

Michele Borgia searches for a place to intone an invocation one winter night. Follow him in his story and experience the most disturbing encounter with him!


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Update: new poem “Nymphs, elves, gods and goats”

news, daily newspaper, pressI’ve added a new poem, “Nymphs, elves, gods, and goats.” It’s a contemporary poetic composition that depicts a scene with nymphs, elves, gods, and goats waiting in the wings. Meanwhile, Venus laughs, Pan runs here and there, flamenco dancers scramble, and Polyphemus gazes at the horizon. You can find inspiration in Ulysses’s dreams. Read about a dusty heaven in this mythological poem!

Nymphs, elves, gods and goats

Nymphs, elves, gods, and goats wait in the wings. Venus laughs, Pan wears herself out, flamenco dancers, and Polyphemus. Find inspiration in the dreams of Ulysses. Read Dusty Heaven in a mythological poem.


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Update: new poetry “Like the counterweight of a metronome”

man sitting on bench reading newspaperI’ve just added a new poem called “Like the counterweight of a metronome,” which I composed a few years ago to give my perception of time a lyrical aspect. I hope you like it and add your comments. I’m looking forward to reading and answering them!

 

Like the counterweight of a metronome

An unstoppable chronostasis: Discover how the moment hides behind a metronome beat and human existence in its unstoppable eternal presence.


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