Ekphrastic Challenge, September 2016: Artist’s Choice
Photograph: “They All Slept Here” by Ilenia Pezzaniti. “Calendario” was written by Devon Balwit for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, September 2016, and selected by Pezzaniti as the Artist’s Choice winner.
—Ekphrastic Challenge, September 2016
Artist’s Choice Winner
Comment from the artist, Ilenia Pezzaniti, on her selection: “’Calendario’ feels. There’s a slow rise and burn of my skin every time I read it. There’s a truth in its fiction, a grace in its vision. So much complexity put simply, with punches that deliver flowers. It does not tell, it shows; it lays on the bed next to me and understands. The emotion and tone is just right, walking the line between the hope and hopelessness I felt the day I stood in that room: a stagnant sadness coupled with children’s laughter, a depression but making the best of it, a hard worked life and then abandoning all of it in a rush, saying you’ll return but knowing that’s a lie. It inspires. I feel close to this poet. ‘… but they always answer with unfriendly backs,’ ‘but the fallen plaster is my calendar,’—brilliant.” (website)