Ekphrastic Challenge, May 2015: Editor’s Choice
—Ekphrastic Challenge, May 2015
Editor’s Choice Winner
Comment from the editor, Timothy Green, on his selection: “Choosing your favorite from a large stack of poems is easy: Just read them all and wait for your blood to run cold. Kate Gaskin’s poem is chilling, but it’s also a well-crafted lesson in poetic symbolism and syntax, winding its way to the final heart-stopping image. I wish I could forget a few of the lines, but I know that I won’t be able to.”
Note: This poem has been published exclusively online as part of our quarterly Ekphrastic Challenge, in which we ask poets to respond to an image provided by a selected artist. This May, the image was a painting by Åsa Antalffy Eriksson. We received 187 entries, and the artist and Rattle‘s editor each chose their favorite. Åsa’s choice was posted last Friday. For more information on the Ekphrastic Challenge visit its page. See other poets’ responses or post your own by joining our Facebook group.