According to the Poetry Foundation, an ekphrastic poem is “a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the ‘action’ of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.”
This form of poetry has been tackled by many of the greatest poets: Keats, Auden, and Rilke, just to name a few. Now, we want to read how you, the residents and employees of CALA member communities, are inspired by art…specifically, by the art of fellow residents.
Step 1: Visit the virtual gallery of CALA’s California Inspires! art show.
Step 2: Choose the art piece which most inspires you.
Step 3: Write an ekphrastic poem or prose piece about the art.