Monday, February 16, 2015

Notebooking Daily Writing Exercise February 16, 2015

Daily Exercise Genre: Ekphrasis.

Ekphrasis is from Greek meaning the description of a work of art as a rhetorical device. That's actually pretty straight forward, but another way to look at it, is it's highfalutin fan fiction, usually about paintings or pieces of music, but it can be about virtually anything.

Today's artwork is...

Foreign Lands by Evan M. Cohen

Does the story begin with or lead to feeding a bird? Is it a lyric poem about a farmer's struggles with birds eating his crops, or a farmer making an offering during a fertility festival? Is it a vignette about a man late at night, alone in a workshop slowly making a woodcut to, so other late night, print? Is the image enigmatically plastered on a wall by graffiti artists and has drawn a crowd of theorizing onlookers? Does your piece merely involve the bird and plant and is something completely different that was for some unknown reason sparked by the image? Tons of options, don't worry that you've picked the absolute best one, just get writing.


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