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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1906 comments Altho it's been kind of out of favor, ekphrastic poetry (poems about art) has been showing up a bit more lately.
I, for one, like it a lot.

There are two journals that I know of that are devoted to ekphrastic poetry. The first is the print journal Ekphrasis, , which has been around for quite a few years. There's also a newer journal, Beauty/Truth: A Journal of Ekphrastic Poetry. I don't find a website for them.
Qarrtsiluni is an online journal emphasizing literary and artistic collaboration.

message 2: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8385 comments Wow, Ruth. That is fantastic. I didn't even know about ekphrastic poetry. What a great subject, too (poems about art)! Are you one of the editors for the qarrtsiluni journal? I would love to read some of your poetry.

message 3: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1906 comments No, I have no connection with qarrtziluni. But if you'd like, you can read some of my poetry at

message 4: by Michael (new)

Michael In case anyone is interested, here's a link to a very striking ekphrastic poem, "At Luca Signorelli's Resurrection of the Body" by Jorie Graham:

And here's a link to an image of the painting upon which it is based:

message 5: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 5 comments Hi Ruth,
I had never heard of ekphrastic poetry, then a local artist painted 100 portraits of the homeless people in the area and had an art show. She invited our writers group and others to write ekphrastic poetry in response to her paintings. We did and had a poetry reading at the show. It was a fantastic experience.
Ekphrastic poetry is exciting. I wonder if there is a word for art made in response to poetry. I've made many collages in response and including the words of my own poems.
Have a great day!

message 6: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 1906 comments I don't know of a word describing art made in response to poetry, but it seems like there ought to be one.

At the college where I used to teach, some of the English teachers used to bring their students over to the Art Gallery on campus and have them write in response to the art.

message 7: by Harley (new)

Harley | 21 comments Here is the link to a beautifully illustrated e-book of haiku. Art inspired by poetry.

message 8: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 5 comments thank you--I will check it out!

message 9: by Harley (new)

Harley | 21 comments I have written a number of poems in response to individual paintings. You can read them on my website. They are organized by artist. I believe there is value in cross-fertilization within the arts.

Click on the name of the artist. Then click on the name of the poem.

message 10: by Monica (new)

Monica | 909 comments Thanks for your art poems Harley.

Michael, back on message # 4 -- that wonderful poem by Jorie Graham reminded me of my jaunt to Orvieto to see Signorelli's paintings. The have recently been restored. The are HUGE!

message 11: by Dvora (new)

Dvora It's lovely that you write poems inspired by paintings, Harley. The one from Vincent's painting of the parents with the young girl, the one of the father, is very sad but sounds, in a way, as something Vincent would say, believing, as he did, in God, at least in his earlier years.

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