Saturday, July 08, 2006

World Cup Poetry #9

CC here, I'd like to take a moment to thank Luis C. Berriozabal for the incredible amount of work, time and passion that went into making these World Cup Poetry posts. the links were fantastic, they went deep into the cultures of all teams and were an amazing glimpse into the art that we humans make, no matter where we live, no matter the arbitrary boundries drawn to keep us divided, to keep us apart, to keep us from recognizing in another that which is in ourselves. truly, it is in these expressions of our myriad similarities that we find hope for a more enlightened, peaceful and thoughtful future. I hope you all will return to the Archives (on your right) many times and explore the links you missed the first time. I know I will.

and now, on with World Cup Poetry:

July 8

Germany vs. Portugal

This is the game for third place. While each of these teams and their respective fans are disappointed not to be in the finals. They have nothing to be ashamed of. They played well and with a little luck and better marksmanship on their shots to the goal, this could have been the finals match-up.

An article for FIFAWORLDCUP.YAHOO.COM presented here.

German poet, novelist, sculptor, and printmaker, Gunter Grass, presented here, here, & here.

Portuguese poet, Antonio Nobre, presented here, here, & here.

July 9, 2006

The world's game will crown a new champion of July 9, 2006. Italy and France stood up to every test in this tournament. They had ups and downs along the way, but never lost sight of that goal, which all thirty-two nations coming into this tournament sought and fought for. Italy is coming into the game with a twenty-four game unbeaten streak. France is looking to win it's second tournament in eight years. They disposed of Spain, Brazil, and Portugal. Each of these three teams were good enough to be crowned champions. However, France took advantage of their opportunities and eliminated these teams. Italy defeated other outstanding squads, such as the host nation Germany, Ghana, and Czech Republic. Germany was a juggernaut, but Italy silenced them and its proud fans with two of this World Cup's most beautiful goals. Ghana played an exciting brand of soccer, but again, Italy's experience and skill was too much for them. Czech Republic was a disappointment. Don't forget Italy's 3-0 victory over Ukraine, who were turned back time and time again by Buffon, Italy's outstanding goalkeeper. I have no prediction in this game. May the best team win. Tommy, just sit back and enjoy the game; Italy will try to rock that boat you so desperately want. [oh, we at the NSA will be watching on many televisions all across this Great Country, you can bet on it. Tommy, NSA] In soccer, each team relies on eleven starting players, and is able to make three substitutions during the game. I will present 14 poets/artists from each country in this final installment of World Cup & World Poetry.

France vs. Italy


Paul Claudel, mystic poet and playwright, whose plays are poems in drama presented here, here, & here.

Jean Cocteau, one of the most versatile artists in French letters: novelist, dramatist, critic, poet, essayist, actor, director, and producer among other things presented here, here, & here.

Colette, famous female French novelist presented here, here, & here.

Hilaire Belloc, French essayist, novelist, poet presented here, here, & here.

Francois Villon, French poet presented here, here, & here.

Louis Aragon, French poet and novelist, known in letters with the Surrealist school of art and writing in Paris presented here, here, & here.

Andre Gide, French novelist, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947 presented here, here, and here.

Andre Malraux, Paris born, French novelist and critic presented here, here, & here.

Jacques Maritain, French philosopher and Catholic writer, presented here, here, & here.

Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet, and critic presented here, here, & here.

Jean-Paul Sartre, Paris born, critic, dramatist, and novelist presented here, here, & here.

St. John Perse, pen name of French poet and diplomat, Alexis Saint-Leger Leger presented here, here, & here.

Jules Romains, pseudonym of Louis Farigoule, French novelist, poet, dramatist, and essayist presented here, here, & here.

Guillaume Appollinaire, French poet , son of a Polish mother, and Italian father, presented here,
here, & here.


Ignazio Silone, controversial Italian novelist & journalist presented here, here, & here.

Cesare Pavese, Italian poet, novelist, critic, and literary translator presented here, here, & here.

Giovanni Pascoli, Italian poet & classical scholar presented here, here, & here.

Torquato Tasso, Italian poet of the 16th Century presented here, here, & here.

Paolo Lagazzi, critic of contemporary Italian and Japanese poetry presented here, here, & here.

Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet, presented here, here, & here.

Vito Riviello, Italian poet, presented here and

Benvenuto Cellini: Florence born, goldsmith, sculptor, and writer presented here, here, & here.

Umberto Saba, Italian poet and novelist presented here,
here, & here.

Primo Levi, born in Turin, Italy, trained as chemist, wrote memoirs, novels, poems, and short stories, presented here, here, & here.

Giacomo Puccini, Italian composer, descendant of a family of musicians, presented here, here, & here.

Arrigo Lora Totino, Italian poet, a leader of the concrete poetry movement presented here, here, & here.

Elisa Biagini, Italian poet, presented here, here, & here.

Giovanni Greco, Italian poet presented here, here, & here.

** posted for Luis C. Berriozabal by Christopher Cunningham**


Blogger Luis said...

Thank you Chris for the opportunity to express my views on the world sport. The ending was one I didn't mind. Zidane did not use his "head" correctly. He could have ended Italy's bid for the championship had he "headed" the ball correctly when his "header" sailed over the goalpost on an earlier scoring attempt. Instead he used his "head" to butt the Italian defender & got himself red-carded. That was not a "heady" play at all. Did you happen to catch the "titty twister" that Italian defender did on Zidane, before he lost his "head." He should have waited until after the game, but he lost his "head." He only has himself to blame & had that penalty kick not bounced in, he would have been the goat. Fortunately, he had a second chance to be the goat & he did not turn down that chance. Tom--eee!
Tom--ee! Tom-eee! Your boat has sailed & sunk.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Luis said...


Italy won on penalties 5-3!

9:05 PM  

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