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Saturday, May 6 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Out There and In Here: Mysteries of the Ekphrastic Poem FULL

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How and why does the poet reconfigure a work of art into verbal patterns on the page? How does an ekphrastic poem o er an experience that is both "out there" in its descriptions, while at the same time live "in here," deep within a consciousness that is being stirred? How does a poet decipher a work of visual art as a kind of text? This reading/panel discussion will explore some of the mysteries of such poems. Five poets from the Su olk University Creative Writing Program, David Ferry, Fred Marchant, George Kalogeris, Jennifer Barber, and student Nehizena Young-Edo will read from and discuss a few of their poems and the sculpture, artifacts, paintings, or photographs that prompted them. The audience will be invited to ponder with us the ways an ekphrastic poem brings us face to face with some of the most mysterious processes of art itself.

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Fred Marchant

Emeritus Professor of English, Suffolk University
Fred Marchant is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Said Not Said (2017). Earlier books include The Looking House, Full Moon Boat, and House on Water, House in Air. His first book, Tipping Point, won the 1993 Washington Prize, and was reissued in a 20th... Read More →

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Jennifer Barber

Scholar in Residence/Editor, Suffolk/Salamander
Jennifer Barber teaches literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston, where she is also founding and current editor of the literary journal Salamander. Her poetry collections are Works on Paper, which received the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize (The Word Works, 2106), and... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
PEM Create Space 2 Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970