Articles by: Robert DiNapoli

Author Biography:

Robert DiNapoli is a medievalist, translator and poet. A collection of his poems, Engelboc, was recently published by Littlefox Press.

His website is www.themelbourneliteratureseminars.com.au.

Unacknowledged Legislators

All the received wisdoms and shibboleths of contemporary politics and economics, which have (among much else) lifted Donald Trump to his present bad eminence and left parliaments in many lands beset by extreme right-wing parties and ideologues, need reviewing in a fresh light.

Changed Utterly

Robert Dinapoli reflects on the rapid spread of the coronavirus through a series of vignettes tracing his disrupted journey from upstate New York back to Melbourne.

Informit: The free and the brave

Above Pompeii, Vesuvius lies cold. The earth has not disgorged enteric fire...

Informit: Screwtape Redux: A Devil’s Vaunt

What muddles may we not wring from such heads...

Informit: Ballistics

What poetry could stop a bullet's whine? Maybe Wordsworth's two-fat-volume Poems...

Informit: The lookout man (it’s all in yer ‘ead’)

Lefty schemed the heist: he'd read the plans of tunnels, tripwires, sensor cells and vaults...

Informit: By the pricking of my thumbs

The phenomenon of Donald Trump now qualifies as long-running spectacle, like video footage of a tsunami or an avalanche, played over and over again in the public imagination on a scale of years. It simultaneously polarises and paralyses, corralling most responses into flash mobs of right-wing cheerleading and left-wing hand-wringers that race around each other like hamsters on their cage-wheels, going nowhere, 'con fuoco' - an OCD nightmare from which none of us seems wholly…

Informit: New year’s day: Wisdom in exile

What land proscribes you and can yet survive?...

Informit: Agency

Who writes these notes that turn up every day in bottles halfway bedded in the sand?...

Informit: The paper pool; Casus Belli; The launch code: Easy as Pi

Sharp ceiling lights make every shadow three...

Informit: Trump suit

Passionate intensity paves the air with slabs of rhetoric, full of sound and fury...

Informit: Stars

In 1993 my wife would laugh when I arose, a stepladder deity...