“Undressing”

“Undressing”

By Leslie Ullman (from Natural Histories) After  “L’Acropole,” by Paul Delvaux First he noticed my face, he said. At a distance the bones surfaced, they split the light into pools of no light and my hair, he said, so colorless yet full of breath. He would walk into...
In the Alte Pinakothek

In the Alte Pinakothek

By Lynn Levin (After Rembrandt’s The Angel Prevents the Sacrifice of Isaac in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany) With Rembrandt, it is Isaac in the foreground, bound upon the kindling, splayed across his face, his father’s hand, his body splashed with light,...
Bacchino Malato*

Bacchino Malato*

By Joan Roberta Ryan (After Caravaggio’s self-portrait as Bacchus, in the Galleria Borghese) No wine, and the fruit is scant, softening grapes to hold, and barely a bunch for the table, peaches too hard to ripen, and not a leaf among them. I pull a strand of ivy...