Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using the John William Waterhouse painting above as our inspiration. For this Ekphrastic challenge, we could choose a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the site at Poetscollective.org.
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Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
|2.||Reena Saxena||10.||The Versesmith||18.||kittysverses|
|3.||Jude||11.||Yvette M Calleiro||19.||theindieshe|
|5.||Veera||13.||Elizabeth||21.||D. Wallace Peach|
|6.||Gwen Plano||14.||Balroop Singh||22.||Colleen Chesebro|
|7.||Kavya Janani. U||15.||Annette Rochelle Aben||23.||D. Avery|
|8.||Harmony Kent||16.||Robbie Cheadle||24.||You’re next!|
This was a spectacular painting! There were so many points of view and possibilities for interpretation. The best part is that there are no right or wrong interpretations. This is the type of art I hope you will search for when you’re looking for poetic inspiration.
Like this piece of art, I believe our poetry, when left with different interpretations, takes on more layers of meaning.
Syllabic poetry truly shines with visual inspiration. Kerfe pointed me to some Ekphrastic challenges here: Visual Verse.org and the Ekphrastic Review at https://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic-writing-challenges. Check them out!
Your poetry was so inspiring this week that it was hard to choose only one poem to feature. Here are a few that caught my eye:
In the end, I went with Diana Peach’s tanka prose. This poem is an Idyll, which is one prose paragraph and one tanka, written in episodic narration (Poem Tale). See page 108 of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry to learn more.
“A Learned Girl”
She is fortunate to read at all. Her slender fingers stray from the pages, unblemished but for a random papercut. Beyond her window, other women toil until their skin toughens into leather, and raw knuckles wear down to bones. Their spines crack beneath the weight of necessity, poor lots destined from the day they were born. She is privileged. This she knows. Granted by happenstance her wish to learn the arts of anatomy and history and politics. To peruse through pages of poetry and philosophy, to dip her quill and tally accounts. She will excel in the learned world of power. But she is still a girl.
studies surrender lost in red velvet daydreams murmurs of passion love’s silk breath blushes her cheeks wishes in a crystal ball © D. Wallace Peach
This week, I’ve asked Diana Peach to choose the Ekphrastic image for next month’s challenge. Please email your selection with credits to me at least a week before the challenge to Colleen@wordcraftpoetry.com. Thanks.
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