Robert Polito is a poet, critic, and a professor at The New School in New York City. In 2013 he was named President of the Poetry Foundation.
". . . this hour I tell you things in confidence, I might not tell everybody, but I’ll tell you. The world is a road under the wall to the church, the world is a church, & the world is a road, & the world is a stone wall. Still, he wanted her the way the Cardinal wanted the Caravaggio, & when the ill-advised possessor of the painting resisted — one night Papal Guards searched his house. Of course contraband came to light, some illegal rifles, & when the ill-advised possessor of the painting went to prison — the Cardinal got his Caravaggio. But I wasn’t a Cardinal, nephew to the Pope, and you — you were not a Caravaggio. So I asked you to be in my movie."