This month, readers in North America might expect a Throwback Thursday to highlight Halloween or the Day of the Dead, but all I see and hear in my head these days is music. So, ekphrastic lovers, this week you are invited to dive into the archives to feel the heartbeat rhythm in these fantastic writings and the art that inspired them. Enjoy!
For the Artist I Call Moth, by Kyle Laws
For lovers of place names and landscape, this poem combines them in satisfying ways: “crosses in Tucson named after Saint Augustine”
The Snail, by Amie E. Reilly
So much meaning packed into a flash fiction piece.
In the Dead Grass of November, by Judy Kaber
Step back in time with this poem inspired by the 1952 painting, Faraway, by Andrew Wyeth.
One Viewer’s Response to Antoni Tapies’ Blue with Four Red Bars, by Bill Waters
A poem by Bill Waters with the great line: “The bars have been red for a decade.”
Next Door to the Depot, by Alarie Tennille
Inspired by the painting, Evening Limited to Memphis, by Romare Bearden, this poem could be set to music.
Itinerary of a Traveler Through Darkness, by William Schmidtkunz
As someone who likes to travel, I loved reading and re-reading this piece: “once you get accustomed to the darkness there is just so much light.”
Portrait of a Little Girl, Painted by Elizabeth Chant, by Veronica Lupinacci
This flash fiction piece grabbed me at the first line, “The living mask hangs above her— scans the room with white eyes,” and held me to the surprising end.
La Casa Azul, by Jane Frank
After photographs of Frida Kahlo in her garden from a video, every line of this piece sings.
There are more than 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's have some fun with this- along with your picks, send a vintage photo of yourself too!
10/15/2022 02:35:20 am
Thank you, Marjorie, for showcasing "Next to the Depot," again. I don't write in rhymed verse often, but sometimes the content of the poem, in this case my desire to give it bluesy feel, demands verse.
Marjorie A Robertson
10/17/2022 08:46:59 am
You're welcome, Alarie. Thank you for your wonderful writing and for making life better.
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