Apostrophe, Odes, Ekphrasis, Oh My!
For as long as we can remember, poets have addressed the sun and moon, distant lovers and heroes, while also separately singing odes to the gods. The Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington once said, "We learn about the soul, and we have to listen to the soul." Just as some poets use music for inspiration, ekphrastic work can go beyond description and manifest as an influence or force of the art work itself and, sometimes, the artist's life. Carrington's paintings evidence her own efforts towards interrogating the world she inhabited beyond the limits of perception; her life also reveals many lively, unconventional turns that inspire and provide unexpected permissions, something poets often require -- consciously or not.
In the course of this workshop, we will look at a the work and lives of a variety of artists such as Leonor Fini, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning & Remedios Varo, as well as numerous poets like Paul Eluard, Allen Ginsberg, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Edna St. Vincent Millay & many more, and consider how ekphrasis can extend beyond mere description of the visual arts but may also be combined with address (apostrophe) or incorporate the ode as a means to reflect appreciation of, and concerns from, an artist's work.
Teaching artist Amy King is the author of, most recently, I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press). Also, Slaves to do These Things, I'm the Man Who Loves You, Antidotes for an Alibi, all from BlazeVOX Books, and The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press Chapbook Award). She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet Ron Padgett, co-edits Esque Magazine with Ana Bozicevic, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.She has also conducted workshops at such places as the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, Summer Writing Program @ Naropa University, Slippery Rock University and Rhode Island School of Design. Her poems have been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes, she was a Lambda Literary finalist, and the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. Amy founded and curated, from 2006, the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry, until 2010. Readings, reviews and more @amyking.org