Ekphrastic Enjoyment



František Kupka: Amorpha, Fugue en deux couleurs

Doodle a fugle
on a brass  flugel-horn;
dance in front
of a bum of a moon

 Piet Mondrian: Broadway Boogie

Multicolooured music,
a mesh of meolodies
in Bachian precision,
with Joplinesque gaiety,
vamped in tartan yellow
with sforzando intervals
to dance the night away.

Jackson Pollock: Autumn Rhythm

Manifestation of the noises in my head
and my irritation therewith;
anger, at the ease with which a fortune is earned
from a spattering of paint,
a smattering of colour;
regret that I hadn’t the wit to forsake
painstaking  study, craft and effort,
concentrate on making money instead.

Mark Rothko: No. 61 (Rust and Blue)

I grow old and musty
looking for the colour rust
in this:
it gives me the blues.

  Ekphrastic poetry is the theme of Joseph Harker’s latest Reverie, and he gives us four modern paintings on which to base one or several poems.  I chose to do all four, in the manner in which the pictures spoke to me.


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24 Responses to Ekphrastic Enjoyment

  1. All wonderful, Viv, but Mark Rothko is my favorite!


  2. jinksy says:

    I’m with you 100% on all of those Viv! LOL


  3. Jim says:

    I enjoyed reading these, Viv. 🙂 None of these artists are my favorites as I like the impressionist and post-impressionist painters the most. Did you know that we spent a week, 2007, in St. Remy a few years back? That was where the sanitarium was located, the one he admitted himself after cutting his ear. [We also in 2009 spent about a week near Albi, home of the Lautrec Museum.]

    If you ever come to Houston, Texas, to visit the Rothko Chapel (museum), I want to go with you. As of yet neither Mrs. Jim nor I have visited this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothko_Chapel
    Oh yes, my word verification is OFF again. Thank you for the nudging. None of the ‘comment posts’ ever post, many say they require moderation as any comment posted to a blog older than 14 days is set to go into comment moderation. But even those on the current post do not post. They show up as posted in my e-mail. I suspect that blogger filters them out but wants me to know what is going on. They are all anonnymous.


  4. barbara_ says:

    Bum. Either way.


  5. amivglobus says:

    Lovely work. Great interpretations.



  6. hedgewitch says:

    You certainly did all four justice, very eloquently. You had me laughing at the first, than running the gamut of feelings through the others–each seemed very rooted in the work it sprang from…great stuff here, viv.


  7. I love all this! So playful and in sync with the paintings! …And I have a full-size reproduction on canvas of ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’ by Mondrian in my 9-5 office right now, brought in to alleviate the day-to-day tedium, so how can I not be charmed?


  8. Susan says:

    Wow. This was a riot, as if I were in a gallery and saw each with its label-your poems! They all are special in picking up one line/aspect of the piece to play up, but my favorite is the Jackson Pollock because of the pouting, and I love musty rusty blues!


  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    Love these, Viv… especially the second one!


  10. Mary says:

    Stunning work, Viv!


  11. LOL Laughing at your last comment..’a moon of a bum’
    I cannot say that the last painting does anything at all for me. Even I could have painted that and called it art.
    Great post Viv.


  12. brian miller says:

    hahaha i absolutely love hte first one…it does look like a butt…and i needed that laugh…smiles….


  13. cloudfactor5 says:

    Well Done Viv !!


  14. As you know, I concentrated on one, the Mondrian. You have done a great job “sharing the wealth”! THe “bum of a moon,” yes, I saw that too and giggled, so that one was out for me. Leave it to you, Viv, to make a clever, short piece about it.

    The Pollock piece interested me – have you seen the movie “Pollock”? It was directed by and stars Ed Harris in an Oscar-nominated performance, his labor of love (as was Selma Hayek’s
    “Frida”). How he came about that technique… and yet, it’s true, that was the beginning of the age of “superstars” who cranked out the same stuff. We had a Pollock hanging in the museum in Buffalo, NY. It was the prize of the collection… maybe out of a Cracker Jacks box, but that “prize” left me cold. I did like the sepia tension in this one, though.

    Your “looking for rust” reminded me of a Joan Baez song, “Diamonds and Rust.” Totally random thought. Thanks again, and thx also for the Etheree encouragement! Peace, Amy


  15. Misky says:

    I saw a bum, too, in the first one but turned my eyes away and went in a different direction. I’m particularly fond of your Pollock though. And then there’s the rust, which is just too precious for words.


  16. markwindham says:

    saw the same thing in the first, was going to try and make something serious out of it…no hope of that now. 🙂


  17. Pseu says:

    I too like the bum of a moon!
    That first image would make an interesting stained glass picture


  18. Viv, I love all of these!

    ‘a bum of a moon’ – inspired!

    I have a soft spot for Rothko because of A103 and I love Jackson Pollock, but I see your point 🙂

    I like the Mondrian but not the Kupka.

    A great post 🙂


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