Art Begets Art

Yesterday, an ekphrastic writing prompt resulted in something I found quite remarkable and affirming: one individual’s poem, inspired by the image below, resulted in a multilayered “response poem” from another. I was reminded of the poetic love affair between Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, where each found inspiration from the other’s writing.

I was also reminded of a writing exercise: Find a poem which clearly asserts a point of view, then write its opposite, or offer a divergent point of view. If one were to select Bishop’s “One Art,” for example, then one could begin “The art of losing is hard to master” and see how a personal argument unfolds.


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