Welcome to The Digital Poet – a space for living dreams and for dreaming of lives.
I’m Tommaso Cartia, an Italian born writer, journalist and publicist based in New York City.
The Digital Poet is my personal approach to journalism. An inspirational journey into the lives of exceptional human beings, into their stories, epiphanies and life’s creations.
Why poetry? I’ve been writing poetry since I was a little kid. It has always been my natural channel through which I would interpret the world. I consider poetry a form of prayer, a dimension and a state of being where life manifests itself in all of its shades, tones, and layers.
I’ve always loved Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti’s definition of the poet. He says that the illuminated poet dives into a metaphorical buried harbour where all the mysteries of life lay, and then it comes back to light with fragments of truths that he offers to us in his poems.
There comes the poet
and then back to light with his chants
and scatters them
of this poem
that nothing remains to me
of an inexhaustible secret
Il porto sepolto
Vi arriva il poeta
e poi tona alla luce con i suoi canti
di questa poesia
mi resta quel nulla
Ungaretti validates the role of the poet in the society. The poet is the one who can unlock life’s secrets and can share them with the world. Humbly, I look after that definition of the poet, wondering if that role could still be applied to our global, digitalized world. My call for poetry, that would eventually come to light in my first book published in Italy (you can find more info about it here➤➤➤), had been stalling for quite a bit now. The reason being is that while I was pursuing my career in publishing and communication, everybody was telling me to forget about poetry, to keep it like some sort of romantic divertissement.
And by the way I don’t consider the term romantic like an insult, a diminishing adjective that the contemporary man should be ashamed of, or a cute way to say, “Stop dreaming and believing in fairy tales”. Actually, I believe quite the contrary. Long life to the romantics of this era. Beauty is again the last goddess that could still, truly, save us. Some purists would say that journalism and poetry don’t belong together. I could probably agree with that to some extent. I could probably disagree with that to some extent. It is actually by working as a journalist that my call for poetry has been, if nothing, intensified
I saw poetry in every single one of the stories I came across, in the eyes of who was gifting me with those stories, in their voices, in their tones, in their body language. I saw poetry in the passion with which people conduct their lives, in the unique way of how we carry ourselves in between the known and the unknown of life, in between the material and the immaterial world. The fragility and the strenuous strength of the human kind, that endless uncertainty and that enduring and daring need for belonging that we reflect in any of our creations, it is indeed pure poetry to me.
And then a notion came back to me, from the mists of time, from those diligent hours spent studying Ancient Greek in high school. The Greek root of the term poetry comes from the verb poieo that literally means: to do, to produce, to create. It is interesting to notice that something considered so ethereal like poetry comes from such a transitive, active verb. But again, the role of the poet in Ancient Greek society was not just laying under a tree reciting beautiful verses, but was also, if not predominantly, being a guide to the society, being an active militant for the highest values.
It is that soldiering activity of the poet that I would like to revive even in this overly digitalized world. Because I believe that the digital arena it is still just a frame that certainly affects but should not necessarily overwhelm the subject of the painting which is ultimately us, what we decide to do, to produce and to create in our lives. Even an Instagram story is ultimately a story that we produce, even creating a Facebook page is ultimately a creation, even a tweet could make our voice rise above the indifference and declare what we believe in, of course like the Latins would say, mutatis mutandis.
This is how I want to share your stories here on The Digital Poet. I’ve been diving into the buried harbour of many different artists, entertainers, writers, businessmen, chefs, the boy and the girl next door… myself and my heritage, and I will try to go back to light with some pieces of truths. And if I can manage to inspire you just half as much as those people have inspired me, I would consider myself a happier human being and a better professional.
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