Ekphrastic Challenge, April 2018: Editor’s Choice
Image: “Through the Looking Glass” by Melody Carr. “Your Favorite Writer Is Not Your Mother” was written by Jill Talbot for Rattle’s Ekphrastic Challenge, April 2018, and selected as the Editor’s Choice.
YOUR FAVORITE WRITER IS NOT YOUR MOTHER
All writers are exiles wherever they live and their work is a lifelong journey towards the lost land.
—from Ekphrastic Challenge
April 2018, Editor’s Choice
Comment from the editor, Timothy Green: “Out of over 300 poems submitted to April’s Ekphrastic Challenge, Jill Talbot leaped the farthest from the literal. Propelled along by a strong rhythm, it’s a startling poem about refraction and resemblances, about the way relationships are stacked in our minds like layers in the double-image that inspired it. I’m not sure how she got to the door she opens for us, but it was the poem that woke me up into a new and unexpected space.”