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.
Shayla Lawson is the author of I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018). She has written for Salon, Guernica, & ESPN. She is a former Scholar-in-Residence at the Giorgio Cini Foundation of Venice, Italy and a 2017 MacDowell Fellow.