This week’s Throwback Thursday highlights the possibility of hope in darkness. Outside my window at dawn, it is late spring, birds are singing, and new, green life is all around. These select pieces of writing are like that. They begin with a touch of thoughtful melancholy and surprise us by giving us wings to fly away.
Espagnole: Harmonie en Blue, 1923, by Barbara Crooker
Lovely phrasing throughout this piece, such as: “Snippets come to me in birdsong, in gesture, in the dark wing of a stranger’s hair.”
Stevia, by Lorette C. Luzajic
I love the texture of this flash fiction piece. “There is a gold beacon, a seven tonne angel, high above the maze and urgency of city traffic.”
Leonard Leaving, by Tricia Marcella Cimera
Such a gentle rhythm to this gem of a poem inspired by an album cover.
Bird Call, by Monica Kaiser
I had to reread this poem for the lift it gave me. “…they were lit by the sunrise—a spray of sparks sowing the soil.”
Next month, there will be seven years worth of writing at The Ekphrastic Review. With daily or more posts of poetry, fiction, and prose for most of that history, we have a wealth of talent to show off. We encourage readers to explore our archives by month and year in the sidebar. Click on a random selection and read through our history.
Our occasional Throwback Thursday feature highlights writing from our past, chosen on purpose or chosen randomly. We are grateful that moving forward, Marjorie Robertson wants to share some favourites with us on a regular basis, monthly. With her help, you'll get the chance to discover past contributors, work you missed, or responses to older ekphrastic challenges.
Would you like to be a guest editor for a Throwback Thursday? Pick 10 or so favourite or random posts from the archives of The Ekphrastic Review. Use the format you see above: title, name of author, a sentence or two about your choice, or a pull quote line from the poem and story, and the link. Include a bio and if you wish, a note to readers about the Review, your relationship to the journal, ekphrastic writing in general, or any other relevant subject. Put THROWBACK THURSDAYS in the subject line and send to email@example.com.
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