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Poetry > One of my art poems published in Ekphrastic Review

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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1897 comments This one's about a face that has haunted me ever since I first saw it over 30 years ago.

Here's the link so you can see both the face and the poem.

message 2: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8353 comments That is a creepy face! He almost looks like he could have evolved from a monkey... That's just my first impression.

Reading your poem, the thought of taking a hammer and pounding someone's face, literally to create that mask kind of makes me sick.
Yes, "pounding him" into history.

message 3: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1897 comments I think that mask is beautiful.

message 4: by Dirk, Moderator (new)

Dirk Van | 2772 comments Very famous, I knew it from my art history lessons.

About the poem, Ruth I'm wondering why you start with his diet?

message 5: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1897 comments Because I wanted to humanize him, to make him seem real.

message 6: by siriusedward (new)

siriusedward (elenaraphael) | 156 comments I like the poem and the mask.

message 7: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1897 comments siriusedward wrote: "I like the poem and the mask."

Thanks SE

message 8: by Piyangie (new)

Piyangie | 28 comments Beautiful poem, Ruth! I liked the mask too.

message 9: by Tom (new)

Tom I love ekphrasis, and this is an excellent example, especially for a pretend-Classicist like myself. Kudos, Ruth!

message 10: by Ruth (last edited Jan 18, 2020 07:54AM) (new)

Ruth | 1897 comments Thank you, everyone. At one time I wrote a lot of Ekphrastic poetry. A natural for me. Although I seldom make art any more, my MFA is in Painting, not Creative Writing.

message 11: by Connie (new)

Connie G (connie_g) | 364 comments You really brought the man behind the mask to life, Ruth. Lovely!

message 12: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8353 comments I will agree with Connie, she said what I feel, you did really make him ‘real’, you brought him to life!

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