Ekphrastic Challenge, September 2015: Artist’s Choice
—Ekphrastic Challenge, September 2015
Artist’s Choice Winner
Comment from the artist, Sarah Oyetunde: “I chose this poem mainly because on a gut level it resonated the most for me. I really like the sense of story combined with the narrator appearing to have a sense of their loved one’s presence within the painting, describing the loved one as if they were the painting or that the loved one would recognize or somehow know the painting. It feels like the person who wrote this poem was both writing their story and the painting’s story … perhaps they were both narrator and viewer.” (website)
For more information on Jane Williams, visit her 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 September, the image was a painting by Sarah Oyetunde. We received 242 entries, and the artist and Rattle’s editor each chose their favorite. Timothy Green’s choice was posted the following Friday. For more information on the Ekphrastic Challenge visit its page. See other poets’ responses or post your own by joining our Facebook group.