In its purist form, an ekphrastic, or art-inspired poem, relies on visual imagery to vividly depict a work of art. But what occurs when the poet enters the mind of an artist or an engaging figure in a painting and speaks in his or her voice? This presentation explores the larger realm of ekphrastic poetry by examining how dramatic monologues and dual-voice poems can broaden and enrich the interpretation of an artwork. Dr. Kreiter-Foronda will share poems written in the voices of renowned Mexican artists, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, featured in her collection, The Embrace, winner of the Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award.
Enrollment: 15–20 participants