Ekphrastic Challenge, July 2015: Editor’s Choice
CRUELEST OF ALL ARE THE GODS WHO NEVER FROWN
—Ekphrastic Challenge, July 2015
Editor’s Choice Winner
Comment from the editor, Timothy Green, on his selection: “Part of the fun in making this selection after the artist’s choice is highlighting a poem that’s very different from the other winner. While this month’s image filled many poets with either anxiety or awe, no one but Michael Meyerhofer responded this way—with disdain. Coupled with a voice as sure-footed as these goats on the ledge themselves, the effect is transformative—what were once faces of casual confidence suddenly become smug and menacing. That’s no easy feat, and makes for a truly memorable poem.”
For more on Michael Meyerhofer, visit his website.
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 July, the image was a photograph by Aparna Pathak. We received 117 entries, and the artist and Rattle’s editor each chose their favorite. Aparna Pathak’s choice was posted the previous Friday. For more information on the Ekphrastic Challenge visit its page. See other poets’ responses or post your own by joining our Facebook group.