My poem “Benediction” was among the responses to the painting “El Purgatorio”, by Cristobal Rojas, posted on The Ekphrastic Review last week. You can see the painting (which inspired the collage above) and read all the poems here.
Thanks to guest editor Janette Schafer for providing the visual inspiration and choosing my work, and to Ekphrastic Review editor Lorette C. Luzajic for her continued support for the interaction between the visual and written arts.
I wrote a few poems for this challenge, as I found Rojas’ painting to be full of questions. Here’s another one:
On the Edge (of)
The warmth is
sweet, tempting—it calls
on us for
dreams to fill expectations,
push away the void,
the black hole
waiting, waiting, hungry for
the secrets we hide–
only ourselves, a
lifetimes left behind–
what is out
side is indistinct,
no stars guide
us—just the cries of the lost,
telling us to fly.
This collage was done in response to a prompt back in March at The Ekphrastic Review. The painting for the writing challenge was “The Chess Game” by Sofonisba Anguissola. My poem wasn’t chosen, but you can see the original painting and read the ones that were here.
I decided to see what the Collage Box Oracle had to say about it. A bit enigmatic, but then with Crow hanging around, I suppose that’s to be expected.
the world between why–
the opening of our reimagined eyes–
and does it explore possibilities?
light and shadow speak plainly in the proper context.
matter conjures time—
women play their parts.
I’m taking a break to spend some R&R with family. See you the end of the month!
My poem, “Interrogation”, is posted today as part of a sequence of poems inspired by the painting “In Equipoise”, by Teresa Vito. My thanks to guest editor Kyle Laws for selecting my work.
You can read it and see the original painting here.
My poem, “Out of Questions” is one of the responses to Miro’s painting, “Hors du Cercle”, posted today at The Ekphratic Review. You can see the painting (which inspired my collage), and read all the responses, here.
My thanks to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for selecting my poem.