Poetry Challenge ‘The Hepworth Echo’
This challenge could prove to be a real challenge as it takes an abstract form of sculpture as its source of inspiration. But what are thoughts – if not abstractions? and where does inspiration come from anyway? The challenge is to write a poem or Haiku about what I have entitled ‘The Hepworth Echo’ – using your own creative voice as the echo. You can use any of Hepworths pierced sculptures pictures as a prompt (there are many) or just write about what you think the above pierced sculpture is trying to convey. This could be a message from the past, a prediction for the future, what you think lies within the space or even what you think the artist or the actual sculpture is saying. The poem can be serious, humourous, short or lengthy. If you are stuck for inspiration or don’t know much about Hepworth and her sculpture, just go over to my Echostains blog and have a look at these posts;-
The idea behind the challenges is to publicise Bookstains is as well as having creative fun, so therefore it is imperative that the poet link to Bookstains to further the challenge.
In return the poem is copied to the challenges particular page which is open indeffinitely and the poets own website mentioned with a link and the poem critiqued on not only Bookstains but also on the poets own blog or website.
If you wouldn’t put the poem on your own blog, please don’t send it to mine and expect me to promote it. This is a genuine challenge – so please play fair:-
Original image from here
Our first contribution is a Haiku from Steve (Heed not Steve) whose blog is full of poetry, amusing musings and other goodies awaiting your delight!
swaying to hula strains –
© Steve Mitchell 2011
The next Haiku is by Jessica from Jessica’s Japes, a lovely blog which includes poetry and prose – very lively, please look!
Lonely voice forlorn
© Jessica D’Angelo 2011
Our next contribution is a Haiku from Hames 1977. His blog is full of the most profound and original poetry. once read you will soon be hooked on this poet who I rate as one of the finest. Please look 🙂
Outside looking in.
Thoughts pierce something unspoken-
silence taking shape
© Hames 1977
The Serpent Coil
Fetal positioned squinting eyes
Beginning life shock—that burning light
Swaddled in newspaper sterility
Spinning backward, sleet rain, movie reels flipping
Maddening sway, she shifts her hips
Fool me blush and licking lips
In totem stockings run from pain
This living through
Your bit insane
Metallic tasting molars
Tin foiled, tempered stealing
Collide in scope stains as
Color wheels spinning
Through imagined laughter of Goethe
Inspiration from Whitman
Lucky to be alive
Crawling clumsily through nothingness
Past streaming years, recalling anger, swallowed tears
Among the branded tracks & spineless backs
Wrenched in clutching sadness, shading leaves
Serpentine madness, mineral evergreen
Quivering half-bent upon bathroom floor
Eying grime, filth clings to belly
When the walls cave your heart
Unmoved, mind stirring
Forgetting all that past as learning
This lowly love
When song born again
Apple stands, seedless core
Black almond shaped smoker’s trache
Peeling back the serpent coil
Piano wire fangs puncture
Harp string strung out desire
Reddened to appeal, bon appétit
Search to feel when incomplete
These corrosives kill
Through core of earth
Our sphere surreal
Until dusk from birth
©Adam Dustus 2011
I love seeing how diverse and how original and imaginative we all are! Here’s another wonderful take on the Hepworth echo – its from 47whitebuffalo. You must check out her blog – it’s full of her original art, poetry, music and political issues and much more:-)
swift circular motion
same entrance exit
wounds clean inside out
life cycle echo
I am really loving this challenge! So many individualistic and original poems! Here’s another take on the Hepworth Echo – and its yet another a fab one:-) It’s by gospelwriter whose blog Turtle Memoirs is a poetical delight – please be sure to visit 🙂
Heart of Harmony
oh if these strings
were flexible, alive and finely-tuned
I could play you an air
melt your gut,
echo eternal overtones of heart,
a melody heard fleetingly in youth,
now long neglected in pursuit
of fickle tangibles
what would you?
be wished away for what they think you’re worth,
or alive again, for what they knew you were?
I have just recieved another wonderful poem for this challenge from Eelco Bruinsma who has a wonderful cultural blog called Thoughts and Things – well worth looking at1
” It might be mathematical
… Highly unlikely
It could be psychological
… But only slightly
Turned upon itself, like a suicidal wasp
A blind soothsayer, injecting its venom
With the strings of its harp right through its exoskeleton.
The messenger has killed himself.
But then …
It surely must be mythological
… quite rightly.
Since it clearly derives
From Greek Tragedy
It is tragedy enshrined
In an endless cabinet
Not a chest, but a chestnut,
White on the inside, wooden on the outside,
By God almighty!
It’s a coffin!
The organic form,
The Apollinic nut,
The finish, the refinement,
The Sybillic enigmatic sign,
It’s a string-bearer,
A bearer of Truth and Falsity,
It’s sheer logic,
… occurring only nightly. “
©Eelco Bruinsma 2011
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