HOPE LIVES - ART INSPIRED POETRY
The poetry that you will read here, is from a Wine Tasting & Ekphrastic Poetry Event held in May 2023 during the Hope Lives: Art for ALS exhibition at the San Francisco Women Artists Gallery.
Ekphrastic poetry are poems written about and/or inspired by artwork. Participating Poets for this event were: Peter Kline, Brittany Perham, Dean Rader, Sarah Rosenthal & Kim Shuck.
by Peter Kline, inspired by Kim Cardoso's "Pruning"
My first world was the underworld. No ghost
could be so shy. Unmoved by lust or blood
I waited out my life with sly disgust
and claimed by squatter’s rights the rights of the dead.
I was reborn an exhibitionist––
I made a death-mask of my outgrown soul.
Now my you-hoos rattle against the rest.
The softest singers are most vulnerable.
By Kim Shuck, inspired by Ken Gold's Seed Pod
Saves best work for the
Generative purple and
Songs of soil in yellow the
Texture and shape of
Reference to very old
Where the sun rises a
Strength move to catch the eye
Woven Hearts #1
By Kim Shuck, inspired by Claudia McDermott's Woven Hearts #1
That preference is made of
Words not ours
Layered and layered that
Each point of
Place where the
Weaving opens where the
Where each word
Makes space for
Giving and taking
Weight where the
Language that is ours or
POEM COMING SOON!
By Brittany Perham, inspired by Dee Tivenan's "Lining Up"
by Dean Rader, inspired by Kim Cardoso's "Digging"
:but here is the galaxy
a negative cosmos:
the unending darkness now
of light: spread
out among its infinite
the suns tiny holes
unshining back into their black
pinpricks of particle
spores on a beach of bleached
as though the eternal were digging
down to where everything begins
and ends: radiance reversing:
emptiness advancing: time itself sucked into
in which god is present:
and space is sparse but sweet:
the stars little lesions
flecking the white field