A place for contemplation

Three of the poems in Aftermath are set at the Cloisters, the Medieval wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The building itself -- a rambling stone edifice built from reconstructed Medieval monasteries and churches--forms a key part of the museum's experience. Situated in northern Manhattan, it looks out over the beautiful Hudson River and the grounds of Ft. Tryon Park. The artwork, so focused on Mary and the child Jesus, was especially poignant to me as I contemplated the loss of a child.  At the same time, the peace and timelessness of the cloisters provided respite.