This week we dive into the archive to find poetry and prose that use perspective in some extraordinary way and leave you feeling safe, warm and inspired to do your own ekphrastic work.
Edge of the World, by Kendall Johnson
An artist-poet inspired by coluor and a dormant volcano: “As you walk, you think other abstract things”
Sin Collector, by Rajani Radhakrishnan
The title of this poem, a Van Gogh painting, and love are brought together into a poem I will be re-reading for days to come: “an improbable love, too big to fit into that slim hipped flask”
Anonymity, by Carol Alexander
The poet takes the perspective of the painter in this stunning and compassionate poem: “she is on her way to Paris to live among the lindens”
Memory is Organic, by Janet St. John
Grief, beauty and longing inspired by Van Gogh’s Irises: “blacked out beneath the surface until strong sun penetrated, woke them”
Convergence, 1952, by Michael Estabrook
A Jackson Pollock painting inspires this poem: “like the infinite chaos of the early universe”
Painted by a Drunk in Gumboots by Mercedes Webb-Pullman
This poem captures the ekphrastic writer experience so well: “it’s far enough away to scan the canvas all at once moving only eyes”
Ad Mariam, by Julia Rocchi
The writer contemplates a sculpture of Mary: “Is she merely a conduit, a bridge that rises on the hour”
Personal Assistance, by F.J. Bergmann
This poem suggests: “Maybe every beauty needs an incubus”
There are almost eight 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.
Let's have some fun with this- along with your picks, send a vintage photo of yourself too!
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