Night Bridge

World spinning dark in trembled night–
morning returns and still no light
except in fiery landscape, stark.
An emptied people, desperate flight
from history’s repeated arc–
in trembled night, world spinning, dark.

This collage was done for the Kick-About prompt inspired by the work of artist John Stezaker. I took Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, cut it up, and inserted it into works by Monet, Gauguin, Matisse and Homer. This pairing is with one of Monet’s water lilies paintings.

The poem is, like many of the responses to the dverse prompt of the sparrowlet form (introduced to us by Grace), inspired by world events.

And in a bit of serendipity, one of my poems is included in The Ekphrastic Review ebook of responses to Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which you can download here. My thanks to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for her continued support of my work and of Ekphrastic writing.

28 thoughts on “Night Bridge

        1. I’ve been getting a lot of rejections lately, but I think there are many more submissions in general everywhere. I read an article about some editors complaining there were too many for them to properly evaluate, urging people to be more selective and not just submit to a hundred places. No worries about that from me–who has the time?

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  1. I’m happy to hear of the publication—something cheering in all the grim right now. This is a powerful pair. I love how the Van Gogh appears like an inescapable monolith in the midst of the Monet.

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  2. You have managed to take a grim, stunning and horrific event and use words to make it personal, vivid and meaningful. On such a topic it’s hard to say “beautiful,” yet beauty can be used to show truth, and you do.

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