Nicholas Christopher is the author of fourteen books: five novels, The Soloist, Veronica, A Trip to the Stars, Franklin Flyer, and the forthcoming The Bestiary; eight books of poetry, most recently Crossing the Equator: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2004; and a nonfiction book, Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir & the American City. He is a Professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University.


The Road from Pisa to Florence

Orchards and dust, heart-shaped shadows And upside-down children, the road A strip of flesh stretched to the sun. A woman carrying a baby and a sack of mint Tells us that Cellini, Michelangelo, Raphael, They all passed this way—it’s gratifying To travel such a …