Saturday, February 25, 2006
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.