call for ekphrastic poems: Mississippi Review
- Oct 2008: Ekphrasis
What are you looking at?
So many things to look away from—wars, genocide, criminal politicians, the abrogation of the Bill of Rights, a disappointingly familiar national election. Perhaps you’re turning your attention to the visual arts instead, losing yourself in Rothko’s color fields, riding the energy of a Kandinsky, or letting Caravaggio show you that everything you thought about faith was wrong. Sure it’s escapism, but isn’t this the perfect time for it?
Ekphrasis—employing one art to describe another art.
Literary ekphrasis has been around since Homer suspended the action in The Iliad long enough to exhaustively describe the shield of Achilles. The figures on Keats’s Grecian urn, the twisted countenance of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, and Dorothea Brooke’s tour of the Vatican galleries all come to us through ekphrastic expression.
We are seeking ekphrastic poems, stories and personal essays that take a moment, or even several pages, to depict, contemplate, and speculate upon visual works of art.
Please submit by e-mail only to issue editor Jane Armstrong at <jarmstrong(at)mississippireview.com> (replace (at) with @)
Send up to three poems, ten pages max or prose up to 4000 words. Attach the work in Word or RTF format.
Deadline: September 15, 2008
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