New Medieval Poetry: The Lyrical Cyrus Cassells and Joan of Arc

Painting by Jules Lenepveu of Joan of Arc with her voices: ""Jeanne gardant ses moutons"
Painting by Jules Lenepveu of Joan of Arc with her voices: “Jeanne gardant ses moutons”

My dear colleague, lyric genius Cyrus Cassells, has just published a poem that should appeal to those interested in medieval women. Called “Spring and the Spirit of Saint Joan,” Cyrus’s newest publication appears in the inaugural issue of AMP from Hofstra University.

In that rushing, animate place
where Saint Joan bent and sipped
from the river, illiterate but immense
peasant girl with her mystic banner,
I bent down, as if to grasp
the gadabout current’s force, the dauntless
horses of her ambition—

You can read the rest of his poem here.

 

Here is Cyrus acting as Beowulf in a theatrical production. I always knew Cyrus had a medieval spirit!
Here is Cyrus acting as Beowulf in a theatrical production. I always knew Cyrus had a medieval spirit!

Thank you, Cyrus, for keeping Joan of Arc’s spirit ever fresh and new!


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