Ekphrastic Challenge, January 2016: Editor’s Choice
Painting: “Chronicle” by Ruth Bavetta. “Anatomy of a Fustercluck” was written by Stephanie L. Harper for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, January 2016, and selected by Timothy Green as the Editor’s Choice winner.
Comment from the editor: “From the start, this painting gave me an unsettling feeling, as if I’d sat down to watch Seinfeld and didn’t realize this was actually Twin Peaks. I couldn’t quite explain why, but this cast of characters just seemed so annoying. When I read this poem, I realized, ‘That’s it! They’re flustering in clumps like maimed birds!’ Harper makes sense of it for me, and with both humor and craft. Even the last line, which seems at first a cliché, fits perfectly—this kind of day is long, isn’t it?”