Category Archives: Ekphrasis

Notes for “On Reading ‘The Stone Book’ “

“The Stone Book” is the first of a sequence of four short stories for children collectively known as “The Stone Book Quartet” written by Alan Garner. The poem is based on an empathetic reading of the story as it relates … Continue reading

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Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère

Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère Édouard Manet, 1882 CHARLOTTE (Off Screen): I’m stuck. Does it get easier? BOB: No, yes, it does… (Sofia Coppola, “Lost in Translation”) Caught between geometry and eternity laced by fine fabric, cotton and holes, choker and … Continue reading

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Dining in the Cosmic Café exhibited at Reactor

Dining in the Cosmic Café is included in the “Reactor” exhibition at NorthTec’s Geoff Wilson gallery. It is based on Lindsay Marks’ exhibit “Table for Two, Dinner for One”, a table top (left side of image above) and provided the … Continue reading

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Reactor at the Geoff Wilson gallery

I have a poem “Dining in the Cosmic Café” included in the “Reactor” exhibition at the Geoff Wilson gallery, part of NorthTec’s Whangarei campus. The exhibition combines poetry and art in a sequence of exhibits, each of which was triggered … Continue reading

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Sequences

A sequence is a grouping of poems that have a prescribed order of reading. The order is important in that each poem should stand alone, but earlier poems in the sequence should enhance the experience when reading later poems in … Continue reading

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More notes on Ekphrasis

I said in my last entry “By providing already processed material (ekphrasis) provides constraints but also different approaches for the writer and even new ways of thinking.” One model I use is to consider the process of creative writing as utilising three different language … Continue reading

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Notes on Ekphrasis

Creating poetry is more than just sitting down and writing “stuff” in a particular form. “Stuff” rarely materialises like manna, it must be found from somewhere. Finding “stuff” to write about can be difficult. The notions of “writing what you … Continue reading

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War. The Exile and the Rock Limpet

So we all find the shore before sunset War. The Exile and the Rock Limpet J.M.W. Turner, 1842 A cat may look at a king, an exile may look at a rock limpet. In rust-red, a doomed sun rides down, … Continue reading

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St Francis and the Birds – Notes

St Francis and the Birds is based on the painting of the same name to be found in the Tate collection. The painting is stylised and very Stanley Spencer’ish. The feature I remember first noticing about the painting is the … Continue reading

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St Francis and the Birds

Stanley Spencer Cookham1935The birds look skywardTo the coming Messiah.The chickens chatter,Geese gaze,Fan-tail pigeonsCongregateOn the pantiles. Between ‘Fernlea’And ‘The Nest’Strides the saintIn dressing-gown habit.Boy ahead.Woman behind,Eyes shielded from the divine sunBy an upraised armAnd daisy bouquet. And the hands.The hands turnedBoth … Continue reading

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