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[Past Event] The Encounter: Study of Ekphrastic Poetry

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Course Description:

Ekphrastic Poetry vividly describes works of visual art in which the poet, through imaginative narration and reflection, amplifies and expands on the artwork’s meaning. In a continued exploration of this poetic form, our course will examine the encounter between these two art forms, focusing particular attention on poems responding to works of sculpture.

In a seminar setting, we will study reproductions of classical and modern sculptures that have inspired poets, including William Blake, Jorie Graham, John Keats, Wislawa Szymborska and others to “sculpt” their impressions with words. Copies of the poems will be provided. Suggested reading includes "Art and Artists" and "Poems About Sculpture" (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series).


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Monday/Thursday, Oct. 29; Nov. 1 *10:00am - noon* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Rachel Weintraub taught the study of Ekphrastic Poetry at OLLI last spring. She is a published poet and has served as a board member to several literary organizations including Four Way Books and Poets House. She holds an MFA from Columbia University where she studied with renowned 20th century poets.