I'm thrilled and humbled to appear today on Qarrtsiluni, a literary and artistic e-zine, along with excellent and much-published poet and novelist Marly Youmans! Marly has written a stunning poem in response to a sketch I did after a Botticelli self-portrait---that fact in itself will have me firmly ensconced on Cloud Nine for the foreseeble future!
Thank you so much, Marly and the lovely people at Qarrtsiluni, for this honor.
A sketch after Botticelli by Laura Frankstone
This head's more proud and sparkling than the one
Sandro painted—something like the sun
Blossoms in the face, as if acclaim
Five hundred years to come could flare as flame
In him; he is a mirror reflecting lights
From God and Medici, a moon on nights
When mythic paintings char by his own hand,
Jumbled with lutes, rouge pots, and gilded fans
In Lenten bonfires of the vanities.
And yet the face that's swerved toward us espies
Neither magi, baby, nor company
Of nobles near the girl—he turns to see
In dazzled eyes across the near and far,
His picture glowing like the Christmas star.