Happy Poetry Month!
Last month, we Poetry 7 shared our sedokas. This month, we’re back to ekphrastic art. I decided not to worry about being totally uncouth when it comes to art this time. Plus, I got to choose the art (that does help:>) I took two pictures at the University of St. Thomas when I spoke at the fabulous Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference there in February.
These are 2 parts of a 7‑part ceiling fresco in Terrence Murphy Hall at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. I love these huge, colorful frescoes.
The art is by Mark Balma and is called The Seven Virtues (it’s a Catholic university). Aren’t their colors, surrealness (surreality?), and fairy tale oddness wonderful?
This grasshopper watching TV captured my fancy. What on earth do grasshoppers watch on TV? That inspired this etheree, a poem of syllable counts growing from 1 to 10. I decided to skewer reality TV, even though I’m a fan of cooking reality shows, So You Think You Can Dance, and Survivor. I had to abandon Amazing Race this year. Annoying YouTube stars? No, thank you. Anyway…
Channel-Hopping Through Reality Grasshopper TV
Pimp My Stride
Kate Plus 80
So You Think You Can Hop
Real Housewives of Alfalfa
Keeping Up With the Katydids
The Bachelor (Sap TV’s universal)
Sigh…silence, songs! World, begone! I’m…busy?
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
Now, don’t miss the wonderful offerings of my friends and poets! One of the really fun things about writing poetry with them every month is seeing how varied our approaches are each month–and, yet, how consistent our individual voices tend to be over time.
Sara (Free verse, birds, and being temperate–or not!)
Kelly (Punny and thoughtful poem for the birds)
Liz (Villanelle, animals, welcome or not)
Tanita (Spring, acrostic, rhyme, and meter)
Tricia (Baseball and hope in free verse)
Andi (Sedoka inspired by the grasshopper)
And here are the previous Poetry Sisters collaborations:
|February 2016||Poem Inspired by a Picasso Sculpture (ugh)|
|January 2016||Crown sonnet (on the periodic table)|
|November 2015||Ekphrastic poems|
|September 2015||Found poems|
|August 2015||Classified haiku|
|July 2015||Inspired by e.e. cummings’ poems|
|Mar 2015||Sestinas (Lord have mercy)|
|Feb 2015||Villanelles on hidden things|
|Jan 2015||Triolets on beginnings (And I posted an extra one here.)|
|Pre-2015||Villanelles, a crown sonnet, rondeau redoubles, and pantoums|
And lovely poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is kicking off Poetry Month with the Poetry Friday Roundup. Enjoy!