Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2016: Editor’s Choice
Photograph: “Go Your Own Way” by James Croal Jackson. “The Climb” was written by Jeffrey Bean for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2016, and selected by Timothy Green as the Editor’s Choice winner.
—Ekphrastic Challenge, June 2016
Editor’s Choice Winner
Comment from the editor, Timothy Green, on his selection: “Like the best ekphrastic poems, ‘The Climb’ turns an artist’s image into metaphor for something new. Like the best poems, ‘The Climb’ expresses that metaphor intuitively, so that the revelation is more felt than understood. In this the height of campaign season in the U.S., I couldn’t help but see the poem as political, as the climb to be one of activism and social evolution. In that reading, too, the ambiguity fits.” For more on Jeffrey Bean, visit his website.