A most rare treat, a poet's discerning account of the creation of one of his best poems . . . in this case, "A Display of Mackerel": Mark Doty, "Souls on Ice" Of course, one can hardly expect a less precise or interesting spiel from such a sharp teacher of the craft as Doty. I often have my own students read his book The Art of Description: World into Word. If you haven't read this book, it's well worth your attention.
I adore the paintings of Georges de la Tour. I think it must be the chiaroscuro that so captivates me. In many of his paintings there are candles, and the most intriguing effects of light (for me) are in the ones where the candle is hidden, as by a hand.