Written for: dVerse Poets Pub (posted by Laura)
Poetics: The Poet as Painter
“The practice of using words to comment on a piece of visual art is an ancient one. One of the earliest and most commonly cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, when Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles… the term ekphrasis derives from Greek, where it literally means “description” and was formed by combining the prefix ex- (“out”) with the verb “phrazein” (“to point out or explain”)”. (Merriam Webster)
"For this Poetics prompt however we begin not with the visuals but with some titles of modern and contemporary abstract art
- A Painter Without a Brush’ (Gerhard Richter)
- Broadway Boogie Woogie (Piet Mondrian))
- Convergence (Jackson Pollock)
- Movement in Squares (Bridget Riley)
- Small Flies and Other Wings (Christine Ay Tjoe,)
Choose ONE title ONLY and write a painterly poem – in other words, paint us a picture that you imagine fits the title.
Suggestions: Write as artist or observer of an abstract, surrealism or realism. Include texture and colour & engage with the visuals in mood.
Choose ONE of the titles above and simply write an ekphrastic poem. Here are the links to the actual works of art
Gerhard Richter : Piet Mondrian : Jackson Pollock : Bridget Riley : Christine Ay Tjoe
Specks of black
sidle up to
and attempt to attack.
step in and flutter
their wings, brushing
off the silly flies.
dragonfly is regal,
and watches in amusement.
The slow-moving crane
flies are left alone.