Photographer's Note

In Salerno I met Chris. We visited the Cathedral with St. Matthew crypt and then walk aimlessly around the town. It was the day of week that some places, like the castle, were closed. Quite unexpectedly we found ourselves in an interesting district with some nice graffiti. I liked this window with a mermaid.
I found in Wikipedia about the poet:

Alfonso Gatto (17 July 1909 – 6 March 1976) was an Italian author. Along with Giuseppe Ungaretti and Eugenio Montale, he is one of the foremost Italian poets of the 20th century and a major exponent of hermetic poetry.
Gatto had a difficult childhood, studied at the Salerno classic lycaeum where he discovered his passion for poetry and literature. In 1926 he attended the University of Naples Federico II, but he had to discontinue his studies due to financial problems. Like many Italian poets of his age, such as Eugenio Montale and Salvatore Quasimodo, he never graduated.

Gatto fell in love with the daughter of his maths teacher, Jole, and being only 21 he eloped with her to Milan. From that moment his life became quite restless and adventurous, with many changes of residence and employment: he was first a bookshop assistant, a college instructor, a proofreader, a journalist, a teacher. In 1936, because of his open anti-fascist activism, he was arrested and jailed at the San Vittore prison in Milan.

The poet died in a car accident in 1976 at Capalbio in the province of Grosseto. He is buried in the cemetery of Salerno.

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