September 25, 2015

Ekphrastic Challenge, August 2015: Editor’s Choice


Photograph by Howard R. Debs
Photo by Howard R. Debs. Used by permission, Frederick County Division of Parks and Recreation. “Offering” was written by Arnold Perrin for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, August 2015, and selected as the Editor’s Choice winner.

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Arnold Perrin


The stick ladder leads
to the other dimension
where the hand winch lifts
out of the empty pit.
The cold rope hums
as the last block is placed
on the altar of August.

Ekphrastic Challenge, August 2015
Editor’s Choice Winner


Comment from the editor, Timothy Green, on his selection: “In just eight lines this little poem seems to honor and conjure the ghosts of what the ice house used to mean—both winter itself as a time capsule, and a last prayer for the end of summer’s heat. It was a sentiment many poems tried to capture, but none as concisely or musically.”

Note: This poem has been published exclusively online as part of our monthly Ekphrastic Challenge, in which we ask poets to respond to an image provided by a selected artist. This August, the image was a photograph by Howard R. Debs. We received 107 entries, and the artist and Rattle‘s editor each chose their favorite. Howard’s choice was posted last Friday. To read that, or for more information on the Ekphrastic Challenge visit its page. See other poets’ responses to this image or post your own by joining our Facebook group.

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