This week, The Ekphrastic Review archives give us a mixture of rest and fun. At this time of year, we could use a helping of both. I hope these poems, translations, and flash fiction pleasantly blow your mind!
Modigliani, by João Luís Barreto Guimarães, translated by Calvin Olsen
I love this translation from the Portuguese of a poem inspired by a video of Amadeo Modigliani paintings: “behind a/crumpled paper inside of which one more/faulty poem had died.”
Harlequin's Carnival, by Maximilian Heinegg
The poet contemplates a painting at the Joan Miro exhibit in New York City: “Into the mute music I went, my eyes became my ears.”
“How Lovely Yellow Is!” by Kate Young
An epistolary poem written to Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, and inspired by the painting Two Cut Sunflowers: “immersed my life in yellow!”
Jackson Pollock et al, by Michael Estabrook
From Pollock’s Painting Number 17: “Remember that painting in Robert’s office? You said you didn’t like it.”
Oak Divinity 1, Scarred, by Lynn Pattison
This poem is for anyone who ever loved a tree: “She’s draped her limbs in claret”
Rumi, and Raquel-IA Ekphrastic Art
A translation of Rumi's Ghazal 163 and a fascinating collaborative project: “fetch home the beautiful-faced good moon.”
Sheep by the Sea, by James LaMontagne
The beautiful Sheep by the Sea by Rosa Bonheur inspires this poem: “tell us what is unfinished
A Time to Rest, by Tina M. MWP
A poem inspired by the painting Daybreak: a Time to Rest, by Jacob Lawrence, one of my mother’s favourite artists: “A family at last finds respite after trekking across perilous/terrain”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's have some fun with this- along with your picks, send a vintage photo of yourself too!
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