“Ekphrastic” poetry is a tradition of poetry that responds to (often visual) art; rather than pure description, it examines reaction, implication, and reverberation of those art forms in the written word. There are poets and writers who believe that television and writing are antithetical; Eileen is not one of them. Her tastes run the gamut from reality TV to classic Hollywood. Chances are, your tastes probably do too. This course will be a study in ekphrastic poems that focus specifically on the world of moving pictures. We’ll read poems that engage with everything from music videos to HBO to classic Irene Dunne films. Each week will consist of a discussion of a short reading packet, generative writing exercises, and a workshop. All levels of poets, including the poetrycurious, are welcome.
Eileen Rush is a poet and writer who works as the Narrative Design Lead for an online educational simulation company. She earned an MFA from the University of Florida. Her poems have been published in or are forthcoming from Pleiades, The Journal, The Southern Review, A Dozen Nothing, The 2020 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and elsewhere.Register