Hi Fliss, hi Ralph,
Fliss: I have several ekphrastic MSS. - I like giving something back to the conversation that civilization is, and so I do random shit like this. It's a patchwork. I look forward to seeing more of your own ekphrastic work, and I'm glad you like the eland, the meditation on meaning and its absence, and the word pondering. The stride is a big deal to me: kouroi
are an important moment in the evolution of Greek sculpture from Egyptian, which matters to the West, and the stride is a major part of that. Statues stop standing still - the Baroque is just around the corner.
Here's Wikipedia on kouroi
Ralph: glad to see you whizzing by! Yup, the inanimate lacks its own voice and so it depends on us. My 2c.