Poems describing/interpreting paintings and other artefacts
A response to 'Resting on a shadow tree' by Jerry Downs
With apologies to W.H. Auden, here’s a poem about Kate Newlyn’s sculpture, ‘Icarus’. I have a bronze resin cast of this on our wall at home. It is slightly different in some minor details from the image.
A poem prompted by seeing, in Veryan Churchyard Cornwall, an engraved stone which appeared to be growing out of a tree.
A haiku prompted by looking at the steps which lead from our cottage to the front gate. They were strewn with petals from an overarching camellia tree in spring.
Light verse about the statue of St Edmund in St Peter-in-the-East
A poem in response to Masaccio's 'The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden'
Written for a challenge on the Hall Writers' Forum: a response to Blake's Newton
Poems about an orange
A poem inspired by John Sell Cotman's painting of a ruined house by the sea
A poem inspired by Barbara Hepworth, written after seeing a wrecked boat on the Camel Estuary in Cornwall.
Poem inspired by Henry Wallis's portrait of the death of Chatterton
Boredom and old age...a response to Sickert's 'Ennui'
A poem inspired by Francis Bacon's portrait of Henrietta Moraes
A poem in response to Rene Magritte's 'Lovers'
Blake is visited by the ghost of a flea
In a dream vision, Blake's tiger gives him a glimpse of the future
A poem responding to Walter Langley's painting 'The Breadwinners' (Newlyn School)