Art by Kate Shaw
It is the Fiat Tagliero building
in Asmara, Eritrea, planned
by Giuseppe Pettazzi, fascist aesthete,
and built under his watch in thirty-eight.
On either side the central concrete spire,
are fifteen-metre cantilevered wings,
the premature arrival of a future
long expired, and stationed in Asmara,
Eritrea. Some bureaucrat insists
this soaring flight must rest, during construction,
on state-approved supports. Pettazzi asks,
Have you no faith? Have these removed, or I
will build out here Asmara’s own Golgotha,
will make apocrypha of Little Rome.
Oscar Mardell is a writer and Teacher from Auckland, New Zealand whose work has been published in ‘The Literary London Journal’, ‘War, Literature and the Arts’, ‘3:AM’, ‘DIAGRAM’, ‘Terror House’, ‘March Vladness’, ‘Queen Mob’s Teahouse’, and ‘RIC’.