Today I'm sharing a new book that perhaps isn't poetry in the strictest sense but is without a doubt poetic in every sense.
Portrait of the Son: A Tale of Love by Josephine Nobisso, illustrated by Ted Schluenderfritz, is the newest in Nobisso's "Theological Virtues Trilogy, which also includes The Weight of a Mass and Take It to the Queen. I've collected these books over the years and have loved them for their combination of thoughtful, lyrical prose and stunning artwork.
Portrait of the Son, published just last month, is an allegory about a wealthy man with a lovingly curated and valuable art collection. He shares cherished art with his beloved only son, who later leaves to serve as a soldier in a great and terrible war. What happens to the son, a rough portrait of him, the art collection, and a poor old man who seeks refuge in the mansion moved me to tears (as Joi's books usually do.) Schluenderfritz's artwork is exquisite.
Portrait of the Son is another keeper and I was beyond delighted to add it to our collection.
Find out more about Josephine Nobisso here, and visit Ted Schluenderfritz's website, 5 Sparrows, for more about his work.
Cathy has the Poetry Friday roundup at Merely Day by Day.