Thanks for Nothing presents « Poetry Saved My Life »

An artistic and solidarity collaboration in support of women’s rights

Thanks for Nothing presents « Poetry Saved My Life »

An artistic and solidarity collaboration in support of women’s rights

During this period of confinement, Thanks for Nothing presents

POETRY
SAVED
MY LIFE

A new artistic and solidarity driven initiative in support of women’s rights led by:

Alex Cecchetti, artist Lucia Pietroiusti and Asli Samadova, curators and the generous support of Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo, Fiorucci Art Trust.

What happens when the place where we live is not a safe place?

Today, Thanks for Nothing and POETRY SAVED MY LIFE wish to protect women who, confined at home, are victims of domestic violence.

For this project, T-shirts will be printed with the phrase of a poet, sold at 35€ and which the entirety of the proceeds will go to 2 associations defending women’s rights in France and Italy:

POETRY SAVED MY LIFE by Alex Cecchetti

“This project emerges in this time of urgency and under high emotional pressure. We would like to act as quickly and efficiently as a haiku; straight to where help is needed. But all we can do will also depend very much on the support of each and every one of you. Let’s help poetry save lives together.”

Ariana Reines is a poet, Obie-winning playwright, and performing artist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her latest book, A SAND BOOK, won the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Award.
EMERGENCY ROOM

Toothless man with a blackened toe screaming
I heard my blood screaming thru my veins
Like wind on a Sierra
Like electronic music
Elegant doctor in tight white
Coat, gray heels, bright
Pink complexion sways up
To me “where does it hurt, baby”
The old man has caused a commotion
Throwing off his coverings
Accepting nobody’s touch
But I’m enjoying the “care”
The doctors & nurses all flirting
With each other, me
& my fucked
Up leg. I forgot
How much I love human places
Courthouses & hospitals
Gas stations & rest
Stops in the wee hours
New York in the dark when somebody’s
Crying into their phone
Wherever
People are naked
Be nice, Papi, you gonna fall
Says a nurse
You have to sit up in the bed
Three beautiful medical professionals
Bending over him now
Papi be nice, why you fihting
He’s gonna fall! Siéntate
Human touch
Human care
Human beauty
Divine mystery

– Ariana Reines, from A SAND BOOK.
Tin House: 2019.