This week’s Throwback Thursday gives readers and art lovers a buffet of choices, using photo, video, painting, and textile as inspiration for the imagination.
Ode to Félix González-Torres, by Sophia Liu
This brilliant shape poem is inspired by a video: “But love, you see, lingers past the cellophane.”
Landscape/ a sort of love note to Brian Ulrich, by Jenna Gallemore
Landscape, love, and nostalgia combine in this essay in ways that you will not forget.
The Flying Carriage, by Judith Bowles
I love this painting by Marc Chagall as inspiration.
Silent Chaos, by Jayant Kashyap
The painting, Reconciliations, by Vera Iliatova, leads this poet to imagine: “Sometimes things end in whispers, sometimes it's a deluge of rain.”
Alouette, Au Lapin Agile, by Carole Mertz
Inspired by an image of the Au Lapin Agile cabaret in Paris: “you recall events told in childhood fables.”
To Possess the Desert, by Molly Nelson Regan
I love the storytelling lens this writer uses in conjuring the desert. The first line had me: “The desert is an animal.”
Self-Portrait (Alice Neel), by Ruth Bavetta
I love this poem, inspired by a painting of a self-portrait of Alice Neel: “Pizza, pregnancies, peanut butter, whiskey, long sweet afternoons in the studio instead of in the gym.”
Lesson From Nature, by Devon Balwit
An x-ray image inspires this poem, a surprising walk through a field of flowers.
There are over 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 to Marjorie Robertson who regularly shares some favourites. 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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