Dante’s Barmaids

  Of nymphs, I write for money; On canvas, there they dance. “Champagne,” they laugh, in corsets corked with bubbles popping out.   — This poem was inspired by a detail from “Inferno,” a painting by contemporary Swedish artist Per-Inge Isheden. “Inferno” is a portrait of the nineteenth-century Swedish playwright, literary luminary and painter August Strindberg (1849 –Continue reading “Dante’s Barmaids”

Robert Burns in Other Writing

In addition to poetry, I have written on travel, art and visual representations of Africa. I also have an affinity for suburban memoir. Here is my latest published piece, which appears in the Public Catalogue Foundation’s February newsletter: Painting in Focus: 103 True Faces of Robert Burns. The Public Catalogue Foundation has recently completed a decade-long project to catalogueContinue reading “Robert Burns in Other Writing”