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Poems Inspired by Art: CALA’s Creative View Call for Submissions

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.”

The Vineyards of Los Carneros / Patricia Ann Barron / The Gardens of Santa Monica

How would you describe this painting in a poem? The Vineyards of Los Carneros by Patricia Ann Barron, The Gardens of Santa Monica. Copyright (c) 2013 California Assisted Living Association

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.

Step 4: Email your poem to CALA’s Creative View. You may be published in the next issue of CALA News & Views!

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