Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Rosy Crucifixtion

Image borrowed from Bing


angels catch
his blood in cups
from every hole

devils emerge
from mouths
of saints

Jerome Rothenberg

Posted over on his site Poems and Poetics
NOTE. Since some time in the 1980s – but possibly earlier – my attention has been drawn to images of gods and saints that throw our more familiar iconographies into question. Culled mostly from western or Christian sources and largely glimpsed in travels through churches and monasteries or in no small part in great museum collections, these have struck me as both intensifying and subverting the kinds of images that we too often take for granted. The notes I began to write down on those occasions morphed quickly into short poems and into series of poems. JR

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