NaPoWriMo Day 3: Ekphrasis

Untitled3 copyI wrote four partial poems today. Here’s one. It’s from a new “project” (I think of poems in terms of groups of them, usually chapbook-sized groups, rather than individual poems) of ekphrastic poems.

When I was first thinking about Plasticity in poetry and tried to explain it to people, I frequently heard, “oh, you mean ekphrasis!” And I wanted to say, “It’s not ekfuckingphrasis!” Then I was talking to Elisa Gabbert about ekphrasis last year and then Molly Brodak came to the Indian Springs School Visiting Writers Series and read some awesome ekphrastic poems and I was like, “hm, maybe I should just write some ekphrastic poems, and then the plastic poetry will also be ekphrastic.” Sculpture all the way down, right? Anyway, the project is called EKFUCKINGPHRASIS.

This poem is from a small series (currently 7 poems) about Nazca art, because Meghan Tierney came to the Birmingham Museum of Art and gave a killer talk about “avian imagery in Nazca effigy vessels.” This poem is about ancient Peruvian instruments.

Also, the title is at the bottom because of Ken Price.


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One Response to NaPoWriMo Day 3: Ekphrasis

  1. Maria says:

    Thank you for posting this. It is incredibly interesting. I will be spending some time reading your poems in progress and checking out the links. I really enjoy your blog.

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