Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I am often penitent after writing a poem.

Says something about my poetic process, but said something is private. What I blog about is Donatello's The Penitent Mary Magdalene (1425) in the Cathedral Museum of lovely Florence:

So, maybe (hopefully) someone can help me out. I'd love for the above image to be on the cover of my forthcoming THE THORN ROSARY: SELECTED PROSE POEMS 1998-2010. Is this image, perhaps because of its age, available for free nowadays? Or is it the photograph whose copyright should concern me?

Alternatively, is anyone visiting the Cathedral Museum this year? Want to take a photograph that I can replicate on the book cover? Florence is always lovely to visit!

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