1. It's Thomas Merton's birthday (January 31, 1915). The previous post, Facing the Desert, is inspired by parts of his writing that were in turn inspired by St. John of the Cross.
2. The erasure poem for Canto V of Inferno is very difficult to make, and it will take a while. In fact, erasing Dante is difficult in general because he uses so many abstract nouns. He was a master at it. I'm not. Poetry is much easier to write using lots of concrete nouns. I'd also like to steer away from the overtly spiritual. Hmmm. Coulda picked lighter material.