“The Balcony Collapses and I Become a Bird” by Rebecca ValleyApril 28, 2016
Ekphrastic Challenge, March 2016: Editor’s Choice
Collage: “Metamorphosis 2” by Thomas Terceira. “To Lose and Catch the Trail” was written by Rebecca Valley for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, March 2016, and selected by Timothy Green as the Editor’s Choice winner.
Comment from the editor, Timothy Green: “Terceira’s busily vibrant collage generated a record 347 poems, so choosing the winner was particularly difficult this month. What made Rebecca Valley’s poem stand out, though, beyond the many beautiful lines, was that it managed to become as cinematic as the collage itself, each image a part of the scene, and also a part of a mysterious plot that we can only barely know as brief witnesses to the lives of the characters. She took a compelling work of art and created an equally compelling poem, which pairs with it perfectly.”
Comment from the poet, Rebecca Valley: “I loved the arid landscape in this piece, and the use of collage to disorient and transform the characters.” (website)