Brett Foster’s sonnet was ten to fifteen years in the making. It recalls visual details from a brief summer stint in Verona, during poor grad-student years when a small grant allowed him, his wife, and small daughter to live absurdly close to Piazza Bra, the main piazza in Verona, and site of its glorious Roman amphitheater. (He still didn’t take to summer opera, even in that wonderful setting.) There was even a fresco of some unknown matron on the ceiling, but don’t think “Old Masters”– this one was rather poorly painted. There is also in Verona the famous statue of Juliet. (Shakespeare’s Juliet, but, as with so many of Shakespeare’s characters and plays, she had an Italian source!) Foster is the author of two poetry books, with a third one, entitled “Extravagant Rescues,” forthcoming. He teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at Wheaton College.