Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ekphrasis: An Example, with Image and Annotations

Here is an ekphrastic poem of my own, with an image of the subject painting; and a link to a wonderfully informative blog post at a site called "Bioephemera," that is itself a good source of creative inspiration; click the home link after you've browsed the "Stone of Foly" informaion and check out the blogger's other posts.

The poem:

“The Stone Surgery” by Bosch

cut the stone of folly
from my skull
make me a rill
for kingdom’s coming.

Let the engines of the sky come down
to nail and helmet me
funnel me
beneath a metal mouth
an eye.

Fill my simple mind
with wisdom of the stars
give me knowledge
pure, celestial
like yours.

Take up the scoring blade
and core the stone from me
the less, the more
than me.

The image:

The post at Bioephemera:


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Afterthought: The Auden Poem

You can hear this poem below -- and see it recited; here is a link to an online print version at the NPR web site.

Lorrie Moore on Writing Short Fiction

Here is some tongue-in-cheek advice on writing from Lorrie Moore, a popular fiction writer...

"How to Become a Writer"

Auden's "Funeral Blues"

Two of my loves are poetry and film; so, it's great when the two work together. I will present some samples this semester of ways that filmmakers have used poetry and viewed poets on film. To start, here is a clip from a popular '90's film, "Four Weddings and a Funeral." In it, a character reads and recites a poem by the British/American poet W.H. Auden. This is a kind of elegy. I will post some exercise ideas on the Syllabus on the class web site. Meanwhile, consider looking up other elegies, and other poems by Auden. Auden is important in many ways, but among them is his broad and masterful practice of traditional prosodic forms. His poetry is good to read and borrow from in your efforts to learn.

Here is the clip, found on Youtube:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blanton Poetry Project

Earlier this summer I published a poem in the journal Borderlands (out of Austin). On their web site, you can find a link to a related effort called the Blanton Poetry Project:


It's a media-rich presentation with images, text, audio and video.

The Blanton Museum of art is on the University of Texas campus; check it out the next time you're in Austin.