“Birds of a Feather” by Lianne Kamp

Ekphrastic Challenge, May 2017: Artist’s Choice


And the Wolf by Laura Jensen

Image: “The Pink Bird Corridor” by Soren James. “Birds of a Feather” was written by Lianne Kamp for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, May 2017, and selected as the Artist’s Choice.

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Lianne Kamp


And this, my friend,
is how the end is
determined to find us—

after eons of evolution,
after miraculous miles
of twisting DNA,

trailing through the
telescopic corridors
and the electric synopsis—

to be pared down
to the bare bones,
to be stripped of

all our trappings
like so many proud
peacocks unaware

that their plumage
has fallen away

Ekphrastic Challenge, May 2017
Artist’s Choice

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Comment from the artist, Soren James, on this selection: “From a wonderfully diverse collection of poems, I’ve chosen one that I found perhaps the most concise—its pared style echoing its meaning. Philosophically rich, the poem covers a surprising amount of ground—from genial opening to abstract comment on everything—in less than a hundred words. Loved it.”

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