Ekphrastic writing is a Greek term for “writing about art.” In TMA’s annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest, visitors write original poems inspired by objects in the Museum’s collection. Judges review the entries based on originality, form, language, grammatical skill, and the creative interpretation of ekphrastic writing. Cash and/or and membership prizes are awarded, and the winning poems are displayed next to the works of art that inspired them.
The Museum is pleased to recognize the following winners of the fifth annual Ekphrastic Poetry Contest. You can read the poems here:
Sandra Rivers-Gill of Toledo for her poem “Simplicity,” inspired by Varujan Boghosian’s Three Yellow Objects.
Stephen Kapela of Athens, Ohio for his poem “First Day of Dancing Lessons,” inspired by Henri Matisse’s Dancer Resting.
Spring Healy of Toledo for her poem “Noontide,” inspired by George Inness’ September Noon.
Haley Hoffmeyer of Carleton, Michigan for her poem “Absence,” inspired by Joseph Stella’s Nocturne.
Mark Doss of Toledo for his poem “When Google Doesn’t Know The Answer,” inspired by Josepha Gasch-Muche’s Pyramid.
Deborah Okeke of Sylvania for her poem “unspoken,” inspired by Sebastiano Ricci’s Christ and the Woman of Samara.
Colin Leonard of Sylvania for his poem “The Aphasiac,” inspired by Lesley Dill’s A Mouthful of Words.
Caleb Canales of Toledo for his poem “Trapped,” inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley Playhouse Window.
Gareth Francis of Ottawa Hills for his poem “Parade,” inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley Playhouse Window.
Emily Rigby of Toledo for her poem “Unsettled,” inspired by Robert Longo’s Untitled Triptych.
Claire Kohler of Sylvania for her poem “Layers of Death,” inspired by Fred Wilson’s Iago’s Mirror.
Maddy Vesoulis of Sylvania for her poem “Chin Up,” inspired by Yinka Shonibare’s Homeless Child 3.
Lena Hodge of Toledo for her poem “A word is dead when it is said some say,” inspired by Lesley Dill’sA Mouthful of Words.
Emma O’Leary of Toledo for her poem “An Undeniable Presence of Nothing,” inspired by Anselm Kiefer’s Athanor.