Advanced Poetry with Diane DeCillis: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 6255 N. Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13 & 20, 1pm – 3pm. Imagery, Metaphor and Music through Ekphrasis. Ekphrastic poetry, often thought of as a response to a visual work of art also refers to other inspiration such as objects, literature and music. Famous examples: Keats’ poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” as well as composer Mussorgsky’s famous piano composition “Pictures at an Exhibition” written in response to artist Viktor Hartmann’s work. Drawing on ekphrastic tradition we’ll explore visual art, literature, and “music to generate poems that represent, respond to, and engage with the arts. Our goal is to be inspired by the world around us to expand imagery and lyricism in our poetry. Diane DeCillis’ poetry collection, Strings Attached (Wayne State Univ. Press, 2014) has been honored as a Michigan Notable Book for 2015, won The 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award for poetry, and was a finalist for the Forward Indie Fab Book Award for poetry. Her work has recently appeared in Columbia Journal, Cumberland River Review, Minnesota Review and others. www.DianeDeCillis.com
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