April 24, 2017 – Ekphrastic: Medieval Marginalia
Elephant farts and penis fruit on trees,
concentric stacks of human excrement,
all images drawn in margins of ancient tomes.
You might conclude a connection to the text
exists – those endless columns of illegible gothic
Latin font only translatable by the priests
and those who served them directly. The images
in the margins do not illustrate the text, like pictures
in children’s books. That’s not their function.
Rather, they illuminate. Nothing to do with the text,
actually. Coded images of an imagination run amok,
providing a welcome interlude from study,
a break from the monotony of the mundane –
a necessary excursion to a hidden, magic land.