Shayla Lawson

Excerpts from Ti Ador(n)o: il Arlecchino

A Note on the Text

Ti Ador(n)o is a collection of poems that explores the intersection between ethnicity, gender, and sexuality through masks present in the Italian traditions of Carnivale and Commedia dell’Arte. Each section is an exploration of a mask as an archetype, a person one encounters in historical Venice, contemporary Venice, and beyond. “il Arlecchino” is a section that turns the common notion of the trickster on its ear.

{Love {(lûv) : verb} :

who of you is not hungry

(In the face of the servant)

PIAZZA SAN MARCO: (MEANWHILE: IN) ST. MARK’S SQUARE

CAMPO DEI FRARI—THE SPACE BEYOND BROTHERLY LOVE

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