Mystery Sonatas

By Shane Devine "The Virgin Annunciate" by Antonello da Messina, 1476 A cycle of philosophical sonnets dealing with the universe as understood by modern science and its implications on humanity's understanding of itself. I have long been seeking a way out of the nihilism of materialism, one that is final and complete, without cheap recourse … Continue reading Mystery Sonatas

Hymn to Apollo

By Shane Devine "The father of Psyche sacrificing at the Temple of Apollo" by Claude Lorrain, 1663 O god of Sun! We call your busy rays,Perfecting Earth on Spring's sublime debut,Upon this lawn of land within the gazeOf marble thick and bold portraying You.We gather strong and healthy oxen babes,Who praise your brill'iance for the … Continue reading Hymn to Apollo


By Shane Devine Written March 2015 Statue of Dionysus. Marble, 2nd century CE (arms and legs were heavily restored in the 18th century), found in Italy The sun gives life to dewdrop'd grass. Reflection off the morning bay Illumes the temple's colored glass To bathe us for the coming day. Upon the altar lies the thing; Sparks … Continue reading Dithyramb