Ekphrasis

Ekphrasis offers an alternative to the claustrophobic lyric “I” at a time when confessional modes are threadbare. Ekphrasis, as one mode available to poets, offers the option of a formalism that is anti-confessional and yet grounded in tactility and sensory immediacy. An ekphrastic poem may speak of selfhood and identity and embodiment, but not with…

Double vision

I have posted these poems before, but being a lover of ekphrastic poetry, I feel it will do you all good to read them again … Musée Des Beaux Arts By W.H. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else…

Looking at boulders

There are few things I like better than a great ekphrastic poem: Adjacent,Against, Upon Rick Barot —after Michael Heizer I may be looking at the set of boulders that is now in front of me, but it is you I am addressing. You are near or you are far, depending on the accuracy of the…

No time for reading?

Why not sketch some books instead … Books “cited”: 1. Marguerite Duras: Elskeren (L’Amant) 2. Karen Blixen: Babettes gjestebud (Babette’s Feast ) 3. Marilynne Robinson: Home 4. Ian McEwan: Solar 5. Michael Glover: Great Works: Encounters with Art 6. Julia Cameron: The Complete Artist’s Way: Creativity as a Spiritual Practice Michael Glover’s book is the…

Art instigate art

Lately Edward Hirsch has been influencing my way of thinking about art. Hirsch says things like “the purpose of poetry is not first and foremost to inspire the writer, but to inspire the reader”, and “there is not enough talk about emotions in contemporary criticism”. He is preoccupied by – and gives great importance to – the reader’s experience….

A world recombined and reordered

Ekphrasis: poetic writing on art Criticism isn’t a form of poetic writing, but the form I plan to use for my text on Agnes Martin, the essay, might be. On can write a lyrical essay. It will be difficult, but I believe it is possible if one let’s the art one writes about seep into…

in Bergen

– spending my morning mulling over: Musée des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting…

Open City

Sometimes I’m reluctant to read books that are highly praised. Almost as if praise is in itself – dubious; a warning sign. Teju Cole’s Open City has been such a book for me. A book everyone seemed to like, a novel I was sure I would find wanting. I did not – Here is what i found:…

a grounded instance of seeing

I’ve just read this very interesting text on ekphrasis by Alfred Corn, the text can be found at poets.org; here are some passages on contemporary poetry Notes on Ekphrasis Perhaps the most effective contemporary poems dealing with visual art are those where the authors include themselves in the poem, recounting the background circumstances that led to…

Heart of Darkness – the Pink Version

My first ekphrastic text will be on Richard Mosse’s The Enclave. I went to see the exhibition in Amsterdam a year ago, tomorrow I will go to Copenhagen to see it again – The Enclave is now on show at Louisiana in Humlebæk. I will start my journey into Mosse’s work by first writing a review…