Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chris Floyd, “Ageless Emblem”

“Ageless Emblem”
by Chris Floyd

“The tombstone of Flavinus, from the Ala Petriana, stationed in Britain, shows him horsed, rearing above a naked captive. This is the pose he desired to carry his name into eternity: brandishing the standard, proud, honored. The captive is lion-faced, wild and bearded, on all fours, clinging to a post, tensed for the blow. He could have come from Blake, some lost engraving, the carved lines charged with living frenzy, history’s flesh.”

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