Friday, October 10, 2014


Today, I’m highlighting a new anthology that contains conversations with some of the masterworks in New England museums.

Sara and Nana
The Poetry Loft in Cranston, RI sponsored a contest in 2013, and my critique partner, Tricia Orr, and I workshopped each others' entries. We were both finalists with the opportunity to read at the Providence Public Library. The contest was judged by poet Denise Duhamel.

Editor Beatrice Lazarus says in the Preface, "... ekphrastic poets push deep inside the painted curves... ." What a poetic description of the ekphrastic poet's process!

B.K. Fisher writes in the Introduction, "ekphrasis invites both homage and backtalk", and the reader can see this clearly in the fifty-five poems. There is also a CD with the art and the poems together. I find myself reading and re-reading while I consider the art and try to see the paintings in the same way the poets saw them.

The link for ordering is here is here if you need an ekphrastic fix! The Roundup today is over at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Thank you for hosting, Tricia!


  1. Hi, Joyce. These types of anthologies, tying ekphrastic poetry to the art in one specific museum, are among my favorite. I'm going to check it out.

    1. These paintings were actually in multiple New England museums. It was fun to see which paintings the poets chose. The contributors' notes often explain how the painting spoke to its author. Thanks for commenting!


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