Di Leonardo – Lo Stinco


(Inspired by Michelangelo’s The David, 1504.)

It might interest you to know
Michelangelo loved Lo Stinco
a roast veal shin dish
he relished while working
in Carrara

at dusk, after clouds of dusty
marble passed over his tongue
nose, aching shoulders, neck
eyes glazed over the aroma
of slow roasting shank
in Vermentino white wine, bay
leaves, juices,

hunger craving and carving
directly into his favourite meal
wedging a knife like a stone
pitching tool
and the four teeth of his fork
scraping like an Auriou claw

sucking marrow from bone
and ever so delicately rotating
in the mind’s eye
his terribilitá
how to tackle David’s left shin
at sunrise.


John’s bio

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