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.


5 thoughts on “echinodermata iii

  1. Matt V Ramsey 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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