Saturday, February 25, 2006

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A friend mailed me a copy of the poem "The Meeting of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul" by Arturo Islas. I had never heard of Islas, but I liked the poem, which is an ekphrastic, exploring a medieval story painting attributed to Sassetta, that plays with the idea of the two saints being lovers. Islas was a gay Chicano writer who taught at Stanford for many years, and died in 1991. Known mostly for his fiction. A handsome man, more about him here.

2 comments:

Sheryl said...

I appreciate this terrific post immensely. Thanks.

jenni said...

like the colors in this painting, very "earthy."