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Ekphrasis 9: Laura Frankstone + Marly Youmans

April 3, 2007


“Face 1,” by Laura Frankstone of Laurelines


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.

by Marly Youmans

  1. April 4, 2007 at 6:18 am

    I have been following Laura’s inspiring work for some time now and wanted to say that it is a pleasure to see this sketch combined with such a beautiful poem.

  2. April 5, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for visiting and commenting, Susan. It was good to discover your blog and website – your own work is beautiful too!

  3. April 11, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Thanks, I appreciate your kind words. :)

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