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Ekphrasis on Oil Painting

Those who smiles are to the fore at sales booths
with apples and oranges
The market is selling home grown everlasting flowers
crisp-bread and jam jars… 148 more words

Jumble Poems

Inspiration Tip: Revisiting Old Friends #2

When I want to write and have no ideas for topics, I often turn to visual art, particularly, as I mentioned a while back, Japanese woodblock artists like Hokusai. 474 more words


What Light Can Do

Ekphrasis, writes Marjorie Munsterberg, is a particular kind of visual description and the oldest type of writing about art in the West. The goal of this literary form is to make the reader envision the thing described as if it were physically present. 376 more words



There is half a cello on the almost chessboard floor. Its thin strings are a darker grey than the grey on the floor that is almost white. 288 more words

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer

In the end, we all write alone.

As a performing introvert, sometimes I revel in the solitude and sometimes I get edgy and want to talk to other people about the things I am writing about. 361 more words


The Quarry, Mid-afternoon

(An ekphrasis, inspired by Francis Colburn’s painting “Granite Quarry”.)

This industry is under our fingernails.
It is the mortar and pestle,
grinding and ground by us… 60 more words


Inspiration Tip: Revisiting Old Friends

One way I rev the engine of creation when I am stuck in neutral gear is to go back to one of my favorite poets, often Marge Piercy, Billy Collins, or Nancy Willard, but occasionally someone less famous. 242 more words