Ekphrastic Challenge

Art Inspiring Poetry

There’s a long tradition of poetry responding to visual art (and vice versa), and we thought it would be fun to post a challenge. For the first, Judy Keown, cover artist from issue #45, donated a photograph of an argiope spider. We gave poets a month to respond to this photograph in verse, and received 266 entries. Judy Keown and Rattle’s Timothy Green each selected their favorite poem from the submissions and published them online at Rattle.com.

Given how many people seemed to enjoy the Ekphrastic Challenge, we’ve decided to make it a monthly series, using open submissions of artwork when necessary. This means that we’re looking for a new image to inspire poems periodically. If you’re an artist and would like to participate, check back toward the end of 2017 and we’ll probably be taking submissions of artwork again.

If you’re a poet, come back to this page every month to find a new piece of art to inspire your poetry. You’ll have one month to write and submit your poems. Two winners—one chosen by the artist and the other by Rattle’s editor—will receive online publication and $50 each month.

For the month of July, our image is the piece below, “Portrait of a Kitchen” by Samantha Gee (click for a larger version). For more on the artist, visit her website—but only write your poem about the specific image below. Good luck!
 
Portrait of a Kitchen by Samantha Gee
 

Submission Deadline:
July 31st


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Previous Winners

 

May 2017 – Soren James’ “Pink Bird Corridor”

Artist’s Choice:
Birds of a Feather
Lianne Kamp

Editor’s Choice:
She Tells Him of Her Fears
Priyam Goswami Choudhury

 

April 2017 – Laura Jensen’s “And the Wolf”

Artist’s Choice:
The Woman and the Wolf
Melissa Fite Johnson

Editor’s Choice:
Coyote
Suzanne Langlois

 

March 2017 – Lisa Ortega’s “La Familia”

Artist’s Choice:
Chanclas, Find Our Ground
Gloria Amescua

Editor’s Choice:
Modern American Gothic
Stephen Harvey

 

February 2017 – Debbie McAfee’s “Hwy 41”

Artist’s Choice:
Tanka (Lonely Highway)
Tracy Davidson

Editor’s Choice:
Threading North and South
Matthew Murrey

 

January 2017 – Harry Wilson’s “Days in San Francisco #1, 1984”

Artist’s Choice:
A Town of Mirros and Quaking Forty-Fours
Richard Manly Heiman

Editor’s Choice:
An Accounting
Joanna Preston

 

December 2016 – Chelsea Welsh’s “Caught in the Days Unraveling”

Artist’s Choice:
Menarche
Melina Papadopoulos

Editor’s Choice:
Haiku
Elizabeth McMunn-Tetango

 

November 2016 – Arushi Raj’s “Light”

Artist’s Choice:
The Surface of Light
Martin Willitts Jr.

Editor’s Choice:
Illuminated
Sherry Barker Abaldo

 

October 2016 – Alexandra de Kempf’s “Family Matters”

Artist’s Choice:
PTSD
Bill Glose

Editor’s Choice:
Nuclear Family Warfare
Jane Noel Dabate

 

September 2016 – Ilenia Pezzaniti’s “They All Slept Here”

Artist’s Choice:
Calendario
Devon Balwit

Editor’s Choice:
HotelReview.com – Stay Where You Are, Which Is Here!
T.J. Peters

 

August 2016 – Heshani Sothiraj Eddleston’s “Clay Hands”

Artist’s Choice:
What We Keep in Clay
Hannah Siobhan

Editor’s Choice:
Throwback at the Art Show
Carol Kanter

 

July 2016 – Suzanne Simmons’ “Trespass”

Artist’s Choice:
Eco Echo: An Oldster’s Tale
Devon Balwit

Editor’s Choice:
Memoria
Merlin Ural Rivera

 

June 2016 – James Croal Jackson’s “Go Your Own Way”

Artist’s Choice:
I Don’t Understand Poetry
Jill Talbot

Editor’s Choice:
The Climb
Jeffrey Bean

 

May 2016 – Catherine Edmund’s “Castlerigg”

Artist’s Choice:
Underneath a Car on the Highroad …
Alexander James

Editor’s Choice:
Alone in Love
Mary Meriam

 

April 2016 – Robert Dash’s “Into the Mystic”

Artist’s Choice:
Invisible
Ann Giard-Chase

Editor’s Choice:
[Here, said the ocean]
Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.

 

March 2016 – Thomas Terceira’s “Metamorphosis 2”

Artist’s Choice:
To Lose and Catch the Trail
Claire Kruesel

Editor’s Choice:
The Balcony Collapses and I Become a Bird
Rebecca Valley

 

February 2016 – Dave Thewlis’s “Met”

Artist’s Choice:
There, in Folded Space, We Must Have Met
Rommel Chrisden Samarita

Editor’s Choice:
In the Museum of Cold Ideas
Ginny Lowe Connors

 

January 2016 – Ruth Bavetta’s “Chonicle”

Artist’s Choice:
It Won’t Make the News
Rosemerry Trommer

Editor’s Choice:
Anatomy of a Fustercluck
Stephanie L. Harper

 

December 2015 – Colleen McLaughlin’s “Contrail”

Artist’s Choice:
Untitled
Angela Johnson

Editor’s Choice:
Contrails
D.R. James

 

November 2015 – Megan Tutolo’s “City Night”

Artist’s Choice:
Map to the Moon
Matthew Murrey

Editor’s Choice:
Divining
Rosemerry Trommer

 

October 2015 – Ana Prundaru’s “Beach”

Artist’s Choice:
Kamakura Beach, 1333
Mary Kendall

Editor’s Choice:
The View from the Café
Matt Quinn

 

September 2015 – Sarah Oyetunde’s “Moon”

Artist’s Choice:
Sister Moon
Jane Williams

Editor’s Choice:
Things You Cannot Answer
Margaret Donsbach Tomlinson

 

August 2015 – Howard R. Debs’ “Ice House”

Artist’s Choice:
Ice House
Ann Giard-Chase

Editor’s Choice:
Offering
Arnold Perrin

 

July 2015 – Aparna Pathak’s “Goats”

Artist’s Choice:
Ram Tested at Mount Vert
Grant Quackenbush

Editor’s Choice:
Cruelest of All Are the Gods Who Never Frown
Michael Meyerhofer

 

June 2015 – Alisa Golden’s “Bench”

Artist’s Choice:
People of the Megabus
Justin Barisich

Editor’s Choice:
Route 9
Martin Willitts, Jr.

 

May 2015 – Åsa Antalffy Eriksson’s “Forest”

Artist’s Choice:
Teeny Tiny
Matthew Murrey

Editor’s Choice:
Abduction
Kate Gaskin

 

Spring 2015 – Gail Goepfert’s “Friendship Flowers”

Artist’s Choice:
Potpourri
Liz N. Clift

Editor’s Choice:
Location’s Everything
Steven Dondlinger

. . .

 

Winter 2014 – James Bernal’s “Mysterious Figure”

Artist’s Choice:
Clean White Sheets
M

Editor’s Choice:
Carelessness
Michael Hallock

. . .

 

Fall 2014 – Judy Keown’s “Argiope Spider”

Artist’s Choice:
The Writing Spider
Paula Schulz

Editor’s Choice:
The Writing Spider (Haiku)
Caroline Giles Banks