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Poems from Painting
January 14, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Poems from Painting, a free workshop at Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery, February 11, 2022 (1-4 pm).
This workshop will provide a basic background in writing poems inspired by works of art (ekphrasis) and offer participants opportunities to apply what they have learned to writing about works of art in the current exhibit at the SFCC Visual Arts Gallery.
Ekphrastic poetry has existed from Homer through the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic, and modern eras. Contemporary examples abound. For example, Mark Doty writes on Van Gogh’s Four Cut Sunflowers, Victoria Chang has a poem on Edward Hopper’s Hotel Room, Jericho Brown writes on Janis Joplin’s rendition of “Summertime,” and Carmen Giménez Smith addresses the photograph Decoy Gang War Victim. Ekphrastic writing is not limited to paintings hanging in museums; their source may be film, sculpture, or music or any other art form. The subject matter of ekphrasis is a wide as the lens of art in contemporary society.
Participants will be introduced to several strategies used by ekphrastic poets, such as finding and or extending the narrative, working with an idea presented by the work, developing a character shown in the work, personally relating to the art, or speaking to or in the voice of the artist or a character or figure in the work. Some examples will be examined, and then we will look at the art of Jane Shoenfeld and Bill Sortino on display and try our hands at developing ekphrastic poems in response to their work.
The author of sixteen books of poetry, Donald Levering has conducted extended workshops on ekphrastic poetry. He is a former NEA fellow and winner of the Tor House Robinson Jeffers Award, the Carve Poetry Prize, and the Literal Latté Award. His work has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writers’ Almanac podcast.
Participants need to bring their writing materials to the workshop.
Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
The number of participants is limited. To register, email email@example.com.