World War I Bridges is the name of a brilliant international web project run from Maserada sul Piave, an Italian village on the River Piave . The Poetry Café’s recent entry, The Darkness and the Thunder and the Rain shares a page with posts on Georg Trakl, poet of the Eastern Front, an introduction to a study from the University of North Carolina on “The Great War and the Modernist Imagination in Italy”, and a report on a recent international convention in Trentino on”The displacement of civilian populations in Europe during the First World War”, a topic which has a tragic new poignancy today as the migrant civilians of countries south of the Mediterranean look to Europe to give them shelter from new wars. The welcome message on the World War I Bridges site borrows its title from Ernest Hemingway’s Venetian novel Across the River and Into the Trees. Hemingway, a volunteer ambulance driver in Italy during World War I, was stationed north-east of Venice at Fossalta di Piave, where he was badly wounded by mortar fire in 1918.
welcome to World War I Bridges, the Italy-based radar of First World War legacy and initiatives in the pipeline for the Centenary. Why Bridges? The armies used to explode the bridges in war operations. We now try to build new bridges during the WWI Centenary from Maserada sul Piave, a small Italian village along the Piave River.
The World War I Bridges site is a wonderful resource for us. My contact, artist and poet Alberto Cellotto, has very kindly offered to help us with the Italian ‘thread’ in our next evening of readings to commemorate the Great War.