Out There, In Here: Mysteries of the Ekphrastic Poem
Ekphrastic poems go beyond description and lead us into surprising associations and revelations. We will work on new poems that respond to what is “out there” in a work of art while at the same time surfacing what is “in here,” that richness deep within us. Our workshop goal will be for each student to generate at least three new poems.
Please bring eleven copies of one of your ekphrastic poems to our first session.
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017), designated an Honored Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards. Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air, and Tipping Point, winner of the Washington Prize. Marchant has translated works by several contemporary Vietnamese poets and edited Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford.