Ekphrastic Challenge with F.E. Clark

August 26, 2018

Welcome to the first Ekphrastic Challenge of The Sonnetarium.  If you are unfamiliar with that term, ekphrasis, according to Wikipedia, “comes from the Greek for the description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical exercise, often used in the adjectival form ekphrastic, is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.”  So in short, we are going to look at art loaned to us by the artists themselves, and we are going to create our own poetic art from and about it.   


This experience will create unique poetry from our own worldviews and experiences.  An Ekphrastic challenge is like an ink blot/Rorschach test for the writer.  Artists are likely to see interpretations of their work that they hadn’t thought of, disagree with, are befuddled by and may even like.  Other writers may feel the same way about each other’s poems.  We all look at the world through the lens of a life we have led up to the second we encounter this found object like the painting of F.E. Clark.  The reactions are own and unique to us.  As you will see today in my examplar poem (not included in the contest just something to inspire, write against eat cetera), my reaction is pretty rough and bleak.  I will go ahead and give a content warning on the theme of domestic violence.


We’ll get to that poem in a moment.  First, let me introduce the painting and the artist.  Today’s challenge features the art of F.E. Clark.  It is a piece entitled Daily Painting 9th February 2018.   F. E. Clark lives in Scotland, where she paints and writes - taking her inspiration from the magical landscape around her. Check out her website - www.feclarkart.com // twitter:  @