“REVERSE EKPHRASIS”  ART COMPETITION

An ekphrasis is a poem that is inspired by or illuminates a work of visual art. This competition is to do the reverse – create a photograph, painting, drawing or sculpture that is inspired by or that illuminates a poem in Fragments or on this website. The possible subjects are endless.

Then take a picture of your work and submit it to nickstonepoetry@gmail.com not later than September 30, 2018, identifying the poem to which it relates. Each person may submit up to three entries. Three winners will be chosen. First prize will be at least $100 and the two runners-up will each receive at least $50.

By submitting the photograph, you will be representing that the underlying work is your own, that no other person has any rights in it, that we may display it publicly during the competition and that if it is selected as a winner it may be used to market Fragments.

Winners will be notified by email and the winning entries will be posted on this website.

And The Winners Are!

A to Z
Anne Brecher-Bogart, Georgetown, ME

A Valentine

A to Z By Anne Brecher-Bogart
A to Z By Anne Brecher-Bogart

If I’d first known the way from A to Z
like monarch butterfly or desert ant
or had a Marshall Islands brain-etched chart
to guide me by the patterns of the waves
but no I had those trillion trillion paths
without a map to choose among them all

I could look back at roads I didn’t take
and let them haunt me now so near the end
but I do not
because no brain-etched ocean chart
could have led my sea-torn ship to you

 

 

 

 


SIMPLE THINGS
By Philip L. Redo, Charlestown, MA

Simple Things By Philip L Redo
Simple Things By Philip L Redo

do not ignore the grace of simple things
the shiny grandest ones will melt away
a grain of sand contains the world your smile joy brings

look closely focus open up your mind
see into sculptors rock or lump of clay
Do not ignore the grace of simple things

so many more examples you can find
what’s simple lasts all else will fade away
a grain of sand contains the world your touch joy brings

young David’s sling and stone brought down a king
a Rolls or Jag in time will rust away
do not ignore the grace of simple things

whenever baby smiles or songbird sings
or single star points wise men on their way your kiss joy brings

a wise man to this simple truth will cling
a fool seeks more and more day after day
do not ignore the grace of simple things
a grain of sand contains the world our love joy brings


Tanka By James Hamilton
Tanka By James Hamilton

TANKA
By James Hamilton, MacMahan Island, ME

the sea is calm now
shimmering in the moonlight
softly calling me
I must go out to meet it
and start my last adventure