Tuesday, April 6, 2010


from Pocahontas, by Annie Leibovitz

Running with deer, she leads,
the barefoot girl dressed in deer skins,
races along the cliff's edge,
the doe dutifully follows at a half gallop
scuffing autumn leaves like a child.
Soon it will be time to gather maple sap.
Intent on something at the edge of the woods,
she does not notice a masted ship laying
fallow in the glassy bay, sails pulled in,
or the gathering storm and the nervous flight of birds
Beneath her feet, the sedges weave themselves
into a weir of conquest and entrapment.

Ekphrastic poem. According to John Drury's The Poetry Dictionary, ekphrastic poetry is "Poetry that imitates, describes, critiques, dramatizes, reflects upon, or otherwise responds to a work of nonliterary art, especially the visual." So, I've provided links to two pieces of art, and I want you to pick one (or both) to write an ekphrastic poem. (It would be helpful for you to mention which art you picked.)
  1. Pocahontas, by Annie Leibovitz
  2. Flight of the Witches, by Francisco de Goya

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