echinodermata iii


w/in autumnal winds,


the leaves who wish to flee


 beneath the branches of


their tree release them


-selves to, downward,


fall & meld into a teeming


deep of briny bluefish rise


to meet them, making


contact(s) as reflected


To write this, I used ekphrasis. An M.C. Escher print is what provided me the inspiration and “visual palette” that was used to “paint this poem. The ability to have a pre-existing piece of graphics provide the tinder/fuel to build a “word fire” can be amazingly cool.


(Yes, I intended that paradox.)


As well, it emplifies serialization; in that, it is the third of a still-growing series of starfish poems and it uses content-area, technical nomenclature (echinodermata: the phylum under which starfish are scientifically classified).


Serialization provides memory-compromized individuals a means for reengaging in a creative act, even if they don’t fully recall what they are doing or why they are.


Finally, serialization correlates to acts that mimic real world written acts (journal writing/providing a recognizable point at which they left off and can resume a creative act) and/or providing brain injured individuals experience in an act that is pertinent to on-going journalistic writing.


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3 thoughts on “echinodermata iii

  1. mattramzzz says:

    The poem, echinodermata iii, exemplifies serialization and simulated ekphrasis; ekphrasis is writing or creating that has been inspired by another work of art or image; in recovering from my final stroke, the ensuing brain surgeries and the infiltration of my system by spinal meningitis, without even realizing it, I sometimes required physical inspiration, to kick start my creative communication; the weird thing was, at the time, I was able to thrive as a poet, writing the best words, in their best order; however, in most of my other written pursuits and academics, I barely was able to make things happen. The poem was inspired by MC Escher.

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