First, apologies for the cheesy title, but it was far too tempting. Second, this semester we haven’t spoken much on ekphrastic poetry, which happens to be one of my favorites. I like the idea of linking the written and visual arts, much as I like the idea of linking forms and manifestations of writing. So here, if you’re interested, is a prompt:
I’ve provided a few of artists that I enjoy and find provoking and hopefully they will lead you down a road in your poetry that you wouldn’t otherwise have ventured!
Paintings (in order):
Beethoven Frieze -Gustav Klimt
Houses of Parliament Ablaze -J.M.W. Turner
Dancer -Joan Miró
Japanese Scroll Paintings- Unknown
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Rachel, here’s a bit of a poem I’ve started based on the second image:
a torch passed over the water sputters and while my fingers skim the oily film,
gutters out. unruly fish send bubbles up my way, and I feel for a second the
unreality of allowing this to take place. Westminster warms and I wonder at the severed heads I have seen hovering over red white and black robes.
I’m glad you got some poetry out of it!