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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A poem I saw today

Cell 7: The Mocking of Christfrom San Marco Suite — after Fra Angelico
- Angie Estes

The pages of the book have turned
to stone and cracked, but Saint Dominic,
seated on the floor to the right, reads on
while Mary sits alone
on the left, bella cosa
beatified — not to be confused
with bellicose, inclined to start
quarrels or wars, like the bodiless hands
of the Roman soldiers, positioned
around the face of Christ.

the Greeks would call it, everything
in order like a chess game before
it begins, but no architecture
can be truly noble which is not
, Ruskin advised,
because it does not resemble
life — Venetian palazzos, gladioli —
one third in full bloom, one third
spent, and one third on
the way. Blindfolded
above and behind
Mary and the Saint, Christ
is the apex of their triangle, check
of their mate, point
toward which everything
retreats — even the gaze
of Mary, although for now
it is turned away while she
touches her cheek to make
sure she is real.


Blogger Matthew said...

Hi, I read an old post you wrote on Jon Sobrino and Karl Rahner. I'm working on a paper on Rahner and Liberation Theology.

I'm trying to get that article by Sobrino but can only get it through interlibrary loan. And I don't susbscribe to the Way. I wonder if you still have it and would be willing to email me a copy?

8:18 AM  
Blogger crystal said...


I do still have the article. It would take me a long time to transcribe it but I'd be happy to send a xerox of the article to you by snail mail if you don't mind that I had underlined some parts. If so, write me at

12:28 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

hey thanks a lot. it did work for me at the way and I got the article.

blessings, matthew

3:09 PM  

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