Ekphrastic poems from the master of the genre. These are works that get behind the skin of three major artists and the skins of paint they have left us. Here is the enigma of Parmigianino’s self portrait painted onto a curved piece of wood that dissimulates itself in a multitude of ways done in the style of John Ashbery. Here is Caravaggio’s dark life and the images that emerged from it. Here is Rembrandt painting his way into blindness. All done in the dense and febrile language that Pollard is known for. A major achievement.