The poet and the artist share a special kind of vision: an ability to see to the very essence of something, to penetrate its mysteries. The poetry of Homer had as its goal to make the listener envision scenes, to translate words into images. Across the centuries, poets and artists have often turned to one another's work for inspiration, from Rainer Maria Rilke's haunting verse on an ancient Greek sculpture to Wallace Steven's masterful meditation based on a painting by Picasso.
This volume devoted to ekphrasis - poems inspired by paintings, and paintings inspired by poems - explores the art of transformation from one medium into another. Examples include William Carlos Williams' series of poems based on Breughel paintings and Delmore Schwartz's interpretation of Georges Seurat's iconic A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.
Details: Edited by Scott Gutterman
published 2015, 140 pages, hardcover