Carmelo Militano’s new book Catching Desire is a personal account of the turbulent artistic life, and often erotically charged art of the maudit, ‘damned,’ Modernist painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. Militano effectively mixes poetry and prose to evoke the life and art of Modigliani. The writing is rich in texture, images, and detail; a type of sensual reasoning. Modigliani’s development as an artist, his tragic search for beauty, and ultimately his reach to express his vision of spiritual eroticism grounded in the flesh is the poetic heart beating inside the brain of this new book.
Carmelo Militano is the author of two books of poetry (Morning After You and The Stone Mason’s Notebook) as well as three books of prose (The Fate of Olives, Sebastiano’s Vine and Lost Aria). He is the winner of the F.G. Bressani award for poetry and each of his prose works have been short-listed for various literary awards. Catching Desire is his sixth book.