Friday, March 7, 2014

New Poem: "Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness"

I started a new poetry collection with the working title Nelson-Atkins Ekphrastic Poetry.  As the working title implies, the collection will house ekphrastic poetry inspired by the art in the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City (pictured).  For more information about the museum follow this link:  http://www.nelson-atkins.org.

The first poem in this collection is after Caravaggio's painting, Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness http://www.nelson-atkins.org/collections/iscroll-objectview.cfm?id=1130.  I used a nice, Italian leather-bound journal in which to pencil in my poetry while observing the art in the gallery.  Caravaggio's depiction of the Saint as a robust, nearly naked youth brooding in the wilderness easily inspired a contemplative poem.

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