A Fine Life

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub 
Poetics:  Exploring the Realm of Minimalist Photography
(posted by Sanaa)

"Minimalist photography draws inspiration from the idea of minimalism in art, which emerged in New York in the early 1960’s.

‘Minimalism,’ is a movement in sculpture and painting which arose in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple, massive forms. It’s marked by clarity, purpose and intention.

At its core, being a minimalist means intentionally promoting the things we value the most and removing everything that distracts us from it.

That being said, the goal of minimalist photography is to convey a concept, or an idea, to provoke an emotional response or provide a visual experience that is unique.

For today’s Poetics, I want you all to select one out of the twelve photographs shared above and write a poem. It can be an Ekphrastic poem, if you like. Go philosophical. Go dark or romantic or solemn. Share what you feel about Minimalist photography when you see it. The idea here is to provoke an emotion, and what better way to pour them out other than poetry?"

Old Rusty Truck – Photo by Glenn Buttkus
Lived a fine life with
various owners,
like Big Ted–easy-going,
hearty laugh.  He ran
the local grocery store,
and polished me every
week. Ted's son used me
for a spell, than fancied
himself a newer model.  
Jonas was my favorite.
A farmer, he took me
to all the markets. Jonas
and I loved this piece
of prairie.  Retired now,
I rest my rusty carcass
on nice soft grasses.  
Land stretches to infinity.
That's me!  I lived
a good old life.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to A Fine Life

  1. I like this. Your rusty old car recalling his line of previous owners. He sounds like a country boy and very content. 🙂


  2. memadtwo says:

    I think machines do take on the personalities of their owners. They are definitely not just inanimate objects. (K)


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