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POIEMA isbn 1-903203-562

POIEMA


A selection of Ekphrasis poems



by



BRIAN STRAND


Published by QQ Press,Isle of Bute 2006 isbn 1-90303-562


FOREWORD


Painting and drawing have been hobbies of mine for some years
and especially since my retirement,so it has been a delight to me
that this hobby has become both an inspiration and spur to pursue
another direction with my other interest , poetry.

The Ekphrasis poetic form reflects works of art in poetic form and
my Ekphrasis cover the following three types thereof:

A poem that describes a specific work of art...

One that encapsulates an artist's general style and

One that depicts a particular school of art or genre.

I have included examples of each in this booklet with details (where
appropriate) of the inspiration for each poem.Most of the poems are
in the lanterne(half cinquain) poetic form.

My hope is to write more Ekphrasis poetry in a variety of short forms
as I explore and seek to understand the wide variety of artistic styles.


ART SCHOOL


The
secret
of seeing--
know how to
see.


This lanterne is a paraphrase of Alfred WOLS profound comment on art.


IN THE GALLERY


Her
gaze and
smile followed
his every
step

Mona Lisa -Leonardo DA VINCI (1452-1519)

EPITAPH FOR GEORGE

Martyred
Saint of England,
his dragons put to flight--
his plain red cross upon the white,
remains

St George and the Dragon- Paolo UCCELLO(1397-1475)


RULE BRITANNIA

Arthur's
excalibur
lay waste the heathen hun--
no blade could lance his Guinevere's
armour.

Engravings -King Arthur by Francoise TAYLOR (1920- )

EQUINITY

With
subtle
beauty Stubbs
pictures man on
horse.

George STUBBS (1724-1806) painter of race horses.


SYLVAN SCENES

A

light-dark
unity--
meadows,mills and
stream.

Spring,East Berholt Common- John CONSTABLE (1776-1837)

COCKNEY VISIONS

Light
structures
of colour--
in a painted
mist.

John CONSTABLE (1776-1837)

POINT-TO-POINT

Without
a rival and
ten lengths clear at the post,
the well-backed grey became the toast-
in beer.

Vale of Aylesbury Steeplechase-F C TURNER (1795-1846)


TRIBUTE TO RODIN

Once
word blind-
in stone he
sealed his fame with a
kiss.

Auguste RODIN (1840-1917)


BLUE NUDE 11

My
eye was
atttracted
to the Blue Nude
by the intensity of colour--
the
image
triggering
stark sensations
drawn by the simple cut-out shape.

Henri MATISSE (1869-1954)

NORTH & SOUTH

A
poet
of colours--
the breaker of
styles.

Are
Matisse,
Picasso--
at opposite
poles?

Pablo PICASSO (1881-1973)


THROUGH THE AGES


A sunflower turns slowly to the sun

An emblem to remind each faithful one.

Sunflowers- Vincent VAN GOGH (1853-1890)


EMANUEL

Revealed ,forever a consolation

Embodied by Jesus' incarnation.


Christ in Glory- graham SUTHERLAND (1903-80)


ONE SPRING DAY IN ARRAS

Over
the top they went,
the fallen filled the ground--
a fleeting life..so quickly did it
pass.


Over the Top- John NASH (1873-1977)


LIKE FADING FLOWERS


Poppy
emblematic,
flower of the field..its
dlicate tissue like far off
fallen.

A Study of Poppies- John CONSTABLE (1776-1837)


BLUE RIDER

From
Summer
to Autumn--
mood indigo
blue
a
Crown Prince
of colours--
in avant-garde
hue.


Julius EXTER (1863-1939)

GO BETWEEN (die Brucke)

Such
naive
impressions--
in a woodcut
style

with
crude words
expressing
feelings into
art.

Ernst Ludwig KIRCHNER (1880-1938)


MUTED

Silent,
nature's flowers
with which all senses merge--
become a dialogue ,with words
unheard.


Still Life- Alfons WALDE (1891-1958)

BELLA

He
opened
the window--
in streamed his first
love

with
flowers,
dressed in white--
she haunted his
art.


The Birthday -Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)


PERSPECTIVES

Tall
twin blocks--
pervading
symbols of the
night.


City Nights by Georgia O'KEEFFE (1872-1986)

ABSTRACT HARMONY

It
was blue--
it was green,
it was red and
pink.

new
colours
amplified--
a still life set
free.

Georgia O'KEEFFE (1872-1986)


SHIPBOARD GIRL


A
simple
minded style--
meticulous
art

in
shaded
Benday dots--
she creates a
niche.


Ship board Girl-Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997)


COMIC STRIP

Art
drawing
upon the
common place of life.


Pop artist -Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997)


INTROVERSION


A
mirror
reflects his
conceptual
blues.


Mirror 6 -Roy LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997)

BURNT IN

On
canvas,
star and stripes
melt down into
wax.

Three Flags (encaustic art ) -Jasper JOHNS (1930- )

PARADOX


His
simple
tragedy--
ecstasy and
doom
in
hazy
luminous,
blocks.

Mark ROTHKO (1903-1970

UNFRAMED

The
colour
fills our eyes
and enters our
mood.

Mark ROTHKO (1903-1970)

ABSOLUTE HARMONY

Black
on white
pervade the
symetrical
blocks
of
yellow,
blue and red--
on parallel
lines.

Composition in Red,Yellow and Blue by Piet MONDRIAN (1872-1944)

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS 11

We
undo
the zip..to
open out the
view.

Vir Heroicus Sublimis- Barnett NEWMAN (1905-1970)


RHYTHMS OF NATURE

Like
nature--
Pollock worked
from inside..
out.

Jackson POLLOCK (1922-1956)

MODERN ART

A
dribbled
light filled space--
colour floats on
white.

In Lovely Blueness-Sam FRANCIS (1923-1994)

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS 1

Look
to the
scenery--
now leave out the
scene.

Paraphrase of dfintion by Wilhem DE KOONING (1904-1997)


RESERVOIR

Poplars
silhouetted
against the rising moon--
filled full of roosting cormorants..
sleeping.

Roosting Cormorants-Wildlife photo -Andrea BONNETTI (1968- )

GOUACHE CUT-OUT

Stark
colour--
osmosis
in arabesque
mode.


Style of Henri MATISSE in his later years

DADA

The
random
selection--
a hobby-horse
art.

The first modern anti-art movement (1915-1922)




ENDWORD

If you have enjoyed this booklet my prayer is that it will prompt
you to try this Ekphrasis form in your own writings... and as
a postscript lanterne poem

The
painter
creates the
appearance of
things

we
thereby
see each of
them in a new
light.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's profound definition paraphrased


OTHER BOOKLETS IN THIS SERIES



SHORTHAND OF THE HEART (a selection of poetic form)
edited by Brian Strand.Published by QQ Press isbn 1-903203-402


FLOWERS OF LIFE (a selection of American cinquains by
William Soutar) edited by Brian Strand.Published by QQ Press
isbn 1-903203-473

also other educational publications can be found

in my strand guides and poetic forms series on kindle

Contact maybe made to strandbg@aol.com