It’s about two weeks from the 20 Poem Challenge.
There are no rules, aside from committing to trying to write a poem each weekday for twenty days, prompted loosely or intimately by the painting or visual artwork posted here every morning.
Everyone and anyone can play. Just make the commitment to the 20 Poem Challenge. That’s it.
Finish them, don’t finish them. Polish, or plow through. Abandon, or return late to nurture. It’s up to you and only you.
I have carefully curated an intriguing array of artworks. I have included some of my known secret worlds, and I have pushed myself to think away from inclinations and preconceived notions and plans. I have included works that you will love and works that you will hate. The result is your September.
The 20 Poem Challenge is a fun, creativity-generative project about jotting down words after thinking about the art. But the Challenge goes beyond fun, too, pushing you into some dark corners, getting you lost and keeping you out past your curfew.
Writing is always therapy, of course, and looking at art and thinking about it is really a form of psychoanalysis, so it’s a month of discovery. Of the world around you, and about yourself.
You owe me nothing and this challenge is about you, not me.
But nonetheless, I do have something to ask of you.
I want you to be as open and as expansive and as free as you have ever been. Dig deeper, or swim to the surface and survey the sky.
Some of you are well known and some of you are unknown, and all of you will put that aside and try to write without any mooring whatsoever from your literary life -or lack thereof.
I want you to lose your voice, and I want you to find it. I want you to play and to pray and put down the words that you’ve just never found so far.
The Ekphrastic Review
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