Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM


Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.


Ekphrastic Poetry

No description

Brandi Nicole

on 20 November 2014

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Ekphrastic Poetry

Poems Conversing with Works of Art
Ekphrastic Poetry
“Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.
Facing It
My black face fades,
hiding inside the black granite.
I said I wouldn’t,
dammit: No tears.
I’m stone. I’m flesh.
My clouded reflection eyes me
like a bird of prey, the profile of night
slanted against morning. I turn
this way--the stone lets me go.
I turn that way--I’m inside
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
again, depending on the light
to make a difference.
I go down the 58,022 names,
half-expecting to find
my own in letters like smoke.
I touch the name Andrew Johnson;
I see the booby trap’s white flash.
Names shimmer on a woman’s blouse
but when she walks away
the names stay on the wall.
Brushstrokes flash, a red bird’s
wings cutting across my stare.
The sky. A plane in the sky.
A white vet’s image floats
closer to me, then his pale eyes
look through mine. I’m a window.
He’s lost his right arm
inside the stone. In the black mirror
a woman’s trying to erase names:
No, she’s brushing a boy’s hair.
Facing It- Yusef Komunyakaa
Kitchen Maid with Supper at Emmaus, or The Mulata
Diego Velàzquez
She is the vessels on the table before her:
the copper pot tipped toward us, the white pitcher
clutched in her hand, the black one edged in red
and upside down. Bent over, she is the mortar
and the pestle at rest in the mortar—still angled
in its posture of use. She is the stack of bowls
and the bulb of garlic beside it, the basket hung
by a nail on the wall and the white cloth bundled
in it, the rag in the foreground recalling her hand.
She’s the stain on the wall the size of her shadow—
the color of blood, the shape of a thumb. She is echo
of Jesus at table, framed in the scene behind her:
his white corona, her white cap. Listening, she leans
into what she knows. Light falls on half her face.
Kitchen Maid with Supper at Emmaus, or The Mulata
Natasha Trethewey
Over the Town - Mark Chagall
Now, it's your turn.
Study the following painting, and think about how you interact with it. Think about what's going on in the painting, and the story that you imagine there. Write about it. Try to describe the story that the painting makes you think of in terms of the concrete images present in the painting. Try also to go further than just description. Try to comment on how the painting makes you feel, using this concrete imagery. Try to really interact.
What does reflecting mean, here? What does it mean to us as poets?
The Scream - Edvard Munch
Stealing the Scream - Monica Youn
Finding a work of art
Visit FSU's Museum of Fine Arts at the corner of Copeland and Tennessee.
Try more surrealist work from Mark Chagall or Salvador Dali
For your poem:
Make sure to include the title of your image as the title of your poem or as an epigraph.

Include a link to the image online somewhere on the page.

Three copies to workshop Tuesday.
Full transcript