Dear Readers and Writers,
It it my great pride and joy to announce to you the birth of Thinking Inside the Box: the Undrawn Art of Poet's Heart, with Portly Bard.
Longtime contributor Portly Bard has spent several years working on a major collection of poems inspired by my visual art collage painting series of signature squares.
We have been working hard behind the scenes for some time to put this collection of poetry and full colour art together. It is now available in a trade paperback, 324 pages, 8x10", full colour, for $32 USD. There are many upwards of 100 artworks and accompanying poems, along with an essay by Portly about his journey into the maze of my mixed media artworks, my response, and a back and forth dialogue about ekphrasis and art.
I adore the contrast between our voices. Portly Bard writes in traditional metred rhyme, and my artwork is a collage of modern urban narratives, including abstract, graffiti, expressionism, surrealism and pop art. Yet we meet somehow in the centre from opposite ends of the spectrum, and Portly's poetry holds uncanny insights into my work. He manages to put into words what I am not able to explain myself.
We have done our best to keep the price reasonable while offering a colour print edition. There is a PDF digital version to keep a lower price option available, or for those who don't want to use Amazon. It is $10 CAD or approximately $7 USD. If anyone hopes to have a copy of this material but cannot pay, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for your complimentary digital file. All proceeds from this collection go directly to support The Ekphrastic Review.
Click here or on front cover image above to view or purchase on Amazon. Click file below to purchase PDF copy.
Dear Portly Bard, I cannot thank you enough for this moment.
Thank you to all of our readers and writers for building this ekphrastic world with me. Our family is world wide and growing and the joy of ekphrasis is blooming everywhere!
The Ekphrastic Review
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