The Ekphrastic Challenge

Index to 2012 issues of The Ghazal Page

The Ekphrastic Challenge

Ekphrastic poetry represents a work of non-literary art, such as painting, sculpture, or music. An ekphrastic ghazal may describe the work of art, or it may echo aspects of the art-work through the wording and structure of the poem. There are examples of both approaches in these ghazals, including some that blend both approaches.

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Comments on the Ekphrastic Issue

The results of the ekphrastic challenge — a dozen poems by seven poets — are excellent examples of poems related to works of art in other media. The artworks range from the well-known — Cezanne, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Antoni Tapies — to less-known artists, and one piece of music, Fugitive Visions, by Prokofiev. Formally, these ghazals are in the Persian form, except for the tercet ghazals by Kay Weeks and Caroline Gill. Each of the twelve poems will reward careful reading in relation to the artwork related to it.

Although there’s currently no blog connected with The Ghazal Page, please send your comments and responses to me. I will see that they are published here.

The Ghazal Page will continue to publish in 2013, with a new schedule for the regular issues with corresponding submission policies. I encourage you to read these ghazals with the accompanying art and try your hand at an ekphrastic ghazal. You may submit the poem(s) for one of the regular issues.

There will also be challenges in 2013, to be announced after the first of the year. I hope to have a guest editor for at least one of them.

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Disclaimer about Use of Images

The ekphrastic ghazals are presented on three pages. (Links to each page are at the top of this page.) A small image of the art-work each ghazal deals with is presented just above the ghazal.The copyright for these works is most likely owned by either the artist who produced the image, the person who commissioned the work, or subsequent owners. We believe our use, on The Ghazal Page, of low-resolution images of such works for critical or creative commentary on them or their genre qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. Any other use might be copyright infringement.

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