These Throwback Thursday poems and flash fiction from The Ekphrastic Review archives take us through a transformation in place and space. They remind us that we cannot turn back to be who we were. We are gone. It would be like grasping at a shapeshifter. But this is not a dark place. If you’re like me, reading these ekphrastic pieces might make you might feel as if anything is possible, as if a trap door has opened and now is the chance to stretch it wide open. After reading them, I went outside. The wind picked up, a misty layer over Lake Michigan disappeared, and the sun came out, making everything clearly visible.
Tending (Blue), by Michelle Kraft
A flash fiction piece inspired by a photograph of a skyspace by James Turrell: “peering from the corner of her eye at the eternal blueness above”
Three Tanka After Monet, in Irish and English, by Gabriel Rosenstock
Three lovely tanka in translation on love and natural beauty.
Solace, by Laura Ann Reed
A poem inspired by a photograph of Water, by Naoko Fukumaru: “Tiptoes from shadow into light”
Lot's Wife, by Brendan Todt
The writer speaks to the artist Helen Frankenthaler in this flash fiction piece.
Mother With Two Children, by Erica Goss
A beautiful poem inspired by Mother With Two Children, by Egon Schiele: “I posed them flesh against flesh”
Threshold to Coyoacan Plaza, Mexico City, by Maia Elsner
Pass over the threshold between two places in time in this calligram inspired by a photograph.
On the Water, by Ashley Mabbitt
A mother-daughter relationship and an immediacy that drops us into a scene by a harbour.
One Viewer’s Response to J. Francis Criss’s Detroit, Waterfront, by Bill Waters
J. Francis Criss’s Detroit, Waterfront imagined in this poem where “streetlamp and freight crane
are children’s toys”
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 Marjorie Robertson shares some favourites with us on a monthly basis. 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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