Ode to Art: Ekphrastic Experiments
Dates: 4 Thursdays, January 9 - January 30
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Instructor: Tess Taylor
How do art forms speak to each other? What does it mean to write about a work of art like a painting, sculpture, piece of music, dance performance, or film? And how can writing about the art of others teach us about our own artistic aims?
Ek-phrasis — a poem that describes a work of art — literally means “to out tell” or “to tell (us) more.” In this class, we’ll figure out what the “more” that is art can tell us each about our own writing. We’ll explore writing, especially poetry, that responds to art in dialogue or inspiration. We’ll consider this form carefully.
Finally, together, we’ll visit an art museum and generate our own new writings, and read them closely for clues about the creative process in our lives.
Tess Taylor is the author of The Misremembered World,
selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship, The Forage House, which was a finalist for The Believer poetry prize, and Work & Days, which was named one of the best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Ilya Kaminsky recently hailed her as “the poet for our moment.”
In spring 2020 Tess will publish two books of poems: Last West, part of Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition at the MoMA, and Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press. She is poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.
More about Tess: www.tess-taylor.com