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Asclepius formidabilis (Griefbane)

Oil on canvas
38 x 51 in.


"Asclepius formidabilis (Griefbane)"
by Anthony Hecht

To be preferred above base metal,
       I am a gold that glisters not:
       Exsufflicated mind and spirit 
Of Greece and Keats's earthen pot.
This poem was written to title and accompany the painting in the book 
Another Language of Flowers (New York: George Braziller 1998).