It's been awhile since we had a Throwback Thursday. These features are important reminders of the wealth of ekphrastic literature in our archives! By highlighting give or take ten pieces from our past, we invite readers to wade into the past. The benefits of the blog formula for our journal include daily publication and easy to share posts, but without specific issues, the treasure ends up hiding in the background. Here is a reminder to use the search button with an artist's name or the name of a favourite poet. Or click on our ekphrastic challenge archives and dip into a feast. You can click randomly on a month and year in our past under Archives in the sidebar and read forever!
We are so thankful for Kate Copeland, who has been a regular contributor and longtime friend of the Review, and who is now one of our editors. She takes the helm regularly in the challenge department
and we adore the contemporary and thought provoking works she brings to the table. We are thrilled that she has a Throwback Thursday list for you!
You can send us a TT list, too, along with a Throwback photo of you. Use the format you see here- title of piece and author, link, and a phrase or two about the piece (or a pull quote from it.) You can choose works on a particular theme, gathered from the archives, such as "the sea," "love poems," "Da Vinci," or "Works after Black Painters." You can choose at total random. You can highlight your favourite poet(s). You can pick your favourite works from over the years. Anything goes!
Send your TT lists and TT photo to email@example.com anytime with THROWBACK in the subject.
THANK YOU KATE!!!!
Georgia O’Keeffe Looks Over Her Shoulder, by Anne Higgins
What a gorgeous idea, to use an unknown artist and image as the prompt to O’Keeffe fears and goals and wishes…Higgins' poem just makes one fall in love with the painter and way of being. Amazing!
My Dali, by Paul Brookes
Dali…now there is a prompt! I just love how one is being thrown back (no pun intended…) to teenage thoughts. Brookes has written a very vivid piece.
On A Love Supreme, by Portly Bard
Poet Bard just keeps on writing and writing the most beautiful ekphrastic pieces, he is good! I just chose this one because of the sun, and the moon, and the Love!
At the Pool Party for My Niece’s Graduation from Middle School, by Nancy Ludmerer
Ludmerer has written a flash piece that reads POOL indeed, the description of swim wear sets the tone, as does a drowning in desire.
Nuclear Alchemy, by Sandi Stromberg
Such an original prompt, such an original poem! Imagine writing a poem to Trinitite indeed. I love the imagery in Stromberg’s piece, from the quiet cleanliness of the desert, to Los Alamos as site of conception.
Star Swallowed, by Olivia Wolford
Quote: “…she’d been a hazy child, more curtain of water than girl.” Say no more, just read Wolford!
Threshold, by Mary Gilonne
Edward Hopper is one of my favourite painters, and I always think it is quite a task to write a proper poem that matches his way of storytelling. Gilonne’s poem is a match, I’d say! You can just feel the doubt, whether to leave or stay. Beautiful…
is that all there is, by Kerfe Roig
I like the sound of these two stanzas:
“ but meantime everything is moving beyond is watching blurring falling behind but where is when and why is it always between the getting on the getting off the port of call unanswered just keep moving
crossing riding piling up gone but mostly not stopping it must be the wind or maybe a wave both sides around repeating maybe and maybe not the focus shifting now the other side is turning all “
Cut with the Cake Knife, by Kenneth Pobo
Pobo’s poem comes from an extraordinary mind and pen, I would say…how on earth is it possible to come up with such a creative and superb and funny poem, prompted by a painting that does not give that much away (imho). I was looking for a quote, but I cannot choose just one. Read it, please, do!
Kate Copeland’s love for language led her to teaching; her love for art & water to poetry…please find her pieces @ https://www.instagram.com/kate.copeland.poems/ & The Ekphrastic Review, Wildfire Words, Gleam, AltPoetry a.o. She is curator-editor for TER and runs linguistic-poetry workshops for IWWG. Kate was born@harbour city and adores housesitting@the world.
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