So, as many may or may not know- Ekphrasis is a type of poem that describes a work of art. It’s a simple concept and technique, but it is very powerful.
By introducing the element of writing a predominantly visual can be perceived in a new light. Just by observing a work of art with the intention to write about it new observations and ideas will emerge.
Typically, writers and poets focus on a historic, external work of art produced in a distant epoch and by another fellow artist. A painting from the Louvre. A mosaic over the park. A grecian urn, perhaps.
However, what if we added a second facet to ekphrasis?
What is the poet took a leap of faith, created some of his own marks, and wrote about them?
The second level of ekphrasis wouldn’t be about writing about another artist’s work, but about one’s own.