There’s a long tradition of poetry responding to visual art (and vice versa), and we thought it would be fun to post a challenge. For the first, Judy Keown, cover artist from issue #45, donated a photograph of an argiope spider. Poets were given a month to respond to this photograph in verse, and received 266 entries. Judy Keown and Rattle’s Timothy Green each selected their favorite poem from the submissions and published them online at Rattle.com.
Given how many people seemed to enjoy the Ekphrastic Challenge, it has now been made a monthly series, using open submissions of artwork when necessary.
For the month of September, the image for the competition is the piece below by Karen Kraco. Be sure to only submit poems inspired by the image below.