Monday, 19 November 2012

Ekphrastic Poetry

 Ekphrasis or ecphrasis is the graphic description of a visual work of art. In ancient times it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. The word comes from the Greek ek and phrasis, 'out' and 'speak' respectively, verb ekphrazein, to proclaim or call an inanimate object by name.

Ekphrastic poetry is the conversation between two pieces of art. The writer interprets a work of visual art and then creates a narrative in verse form that represents his or her reaction to that painting, photograph, sculpture or other artistic creation.

This is a poem I wrote from "The Hallucinogenic Toreador” by Salvador Dali

Lost Boy

O lost boy
O blue boy
with your horn.
An army of flies,
a pestilence
heading your way.

Venus is armless,
Bears herself back
into a mist of time
she has no memory of.
How could she
hold on
to any

Do you see it all?
The body in flames
beating its own retreat,
the coloured charms
raining down,
the molten pool?

There is a bridge
on some horizon.
between arches
are gods and heroes.

blue boy,
step across
the abyss
of your heart.
Your future face
is golden.

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