Il vino dell’impazienza e dell’attesa


… quindi è diverso – debolmente mormori

offrendomi il paesaggio ultimo e soffice

del tuo corpo nudo disteso sul divano

Già, è diverso… Cosa? Ripeto ad alta voce  

e quasi grido


a un me stesso che senza capire

mi guarda dal profondo disordine dello specchio

e a te che già non ci sei più

assorbita dall’afono vortice del quotidiano

E in questo trattengo a stento

un tremore uno sbadiglio

a pareggiare il tuo disequilibrio

quasi fossi un trapezista

un acrobata ferito nel circo ambulante dei presentimenti

Già, è diverso – mi sorrido infatti dal riverbero sgraziato

tinteggiato dalla luce sconsolata e futile della abatjour

- E’ diverso, ora che bagno di sole il disincanto di questa notte

ora che ascolto la tua lontananza

di infinite e dubbie ore

di mesti calici di vino e di silenzio

E’ solo un soffio un sospiro

Inspiro onde di mare di un istante azzurro

giardino incantato

Un ritorno il presente

e sempre ancora nostalgia

e attesa

Le tue labbra

il tuo sesso fiore caldo

Bisogno di amore

desiderio di amare



Trattieni il respiro – mi dici

e bevi con me questo vino di vigore

nel ritmo del canto

di Omar Khayam Li Po’ Orazio

Fuga del tempo nel vento

il tempo di un sospiro

Ci sei ci siamo

ancora qui e per sempre

Allegria silenzio

il corpo tuo e il mio uniti

la mente tua nei miei pensieri

Un brindisi alla vita

che dura

in eterno

un soffio

un battito d’ali

words and photographs

Gaetano Pezzella


Ode to the card catalog 

While we don’t have any rooms filled with card catalogs anymore, we do still have a few lingering around the library.  These are kept for various organizational reasons, but also because they look awesome.  

The woman in the first photograph is looking for a book in April of 1970, and Lindsay, one of our librarians (and part time Tumblr model), is using a card catalog located on the 5th floor of the library.  Since that one card catalog could hardly house all of our materials, she also decided to look for her book in the electronic card catalog, using one of the stations located on the first floor of the library.  

 Vintage picture of a young Berber woman, Marrakech,  Morocco 1933
Photographer : Andre Steiner
While photographing in Morocco, Andre saw that that this Berber woman had one of the most beautiful eyes he had ever seen and he requested her to cover her face in pirate style(which he showed to her). The result was one of the most captivating image from North Africa ever


Tippi Degré

Tippi Degré is a French woman (born 1990) who spent her childhood in Namibia among wild animals and tribespeople. Her parents, Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, worked as freelance wildlife photographers. During her stay in Namibia, she befriended wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant Abu, a leopard nicknamed J&B, crocodiles, lion cubs, giraffes, and many more. She also befriended the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, and to speak their language.


First Look: Valkyrie Wonder Woman

I’m super excited to share a first full look at Valkyrie Wonder Woman, shot as part of our epic adventure in Iceland last month. The talented Tess Fowler and I collaborated on the design, trying to strike a balance between elements inspired by Norse mythology and classic Wonder Woman iconography.

Check out my full gallery of WIP photos over on Facebook, as well as a list of individuals I owe a ton of gratitude to for offering guidance and advice on this massive build!

More insights on these photos: Despite my best efforts to avoid a crunch, this shoot was the very first time I’d worn the costume in its entirety. The first time wearing a new costume is always a bit anxiety-inducing, and when coupled with intense cold (20° F), biting winds, and no mirror to properly evaluate the final look, this shoot was a challenge. That being said, everyone looked out for me – calling out when a piece of armor shifted oddly, or when a pose felt powerful but frankly looked a bit awkward. For example, lunging forward resulted in my breastplate clipping my belt, completely obscuring my torso, so we had to find a different pose to avoid looking static.

I think we got some great images in the stark black landscape we first shot at, but felt even more confident when we shot the costume again a few hours later in the Vik mountainsides pictured in these images. The area was bathed in sunlight, which warmed me up a bit and resulted in more natural poses and expressions. We did our best to capture both the power of Wonder Woman and divinity of the Valkyrie.

Give the rest of team ‪#‎CosplayIceland‬ a follow for more photos from our adventure: Antony Gomes Photographe, Anna Cosplay Photography, Reilena Cosplay, and Philip Kalmes!