Articles by: Robert DiNapoli

Author Biography:

Robert DiNapoli is a poet, translator, essayist and erstwhile lecturer on English language and literature. His books include A Far Light: A Reading of Beowulf (2016), Engelboc (2019) and Reading Old English Wisdom: The Fetters in the Frost (2021).

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...

Informit: The launch code: Easy as Pi

'Barack, I told Donald the launch code was 3.141592.'...