People turn to poetry for many reasons, and during this pandemic many people are reading, writing and sharing poetry on all kinds of platforms. Last month NPR asked listeners to respond to art with a poem — a style of poetry called ekphrastic. (Links to an external site.)
Full article here: KPBS Arts (Links to an external site.)
Below is the painting that listeners had to write about and beneath the painting is the poem listeners wrote:
Young Woman At A Window by Salvador Dali
From her window she holds court
She reigns where dogs interact with rainbows
For her, plants bow their head down low.
Hottest Thang In Town
Stuck inside all day.
She opens all the windows,
her imagination of freedom
something to hold onto.
Only half there
her mind is far off
Across the world.
gazing at glaciers
watching waves dance
a boat out to sea
The sea breeze blowing
against her loneliness
Perched up in the hills
Overlooking a world of fraud
Soul ready to sail away
POETRY PROMPT – for our last poem assignment I want you to select a painting (you can Google your painting) and then write a poem about it. You can select any painting you like (please make sure to upload the painting into the body of your thread and then have your poem appear under the painting – like it the example above). You can even select your a painting of your own.
What do you see in the painting, what do you imagine is happening, going to happen, has happened in the painting?
Your poem must have a title. Your poem must between 15 to 20 lines in length, and your line length must be six to 12 words in length only (if you look at the example above, the first three lines are way longer than all the other lines and the shape of the poem is all over the place – should never happen – there’s also no enjambment and the punctuation is all over the place – really I would make them edit it – but it’s just an example :).