"At our Friday poetry session our senior citizens of Lester Housing experimented with ekphrastic writing. Ekphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic description of a visual work of art. We read ekphrastic poems inspired by Edward Hopper's, Nighthawks and Pablo Picasso's, Man with a Blue Guitar. It turned out to be a fascinating session because of the abstract nature of our dialogue.
They decided to title the poem [untitled]. An abstract idea in itself! They wanted to add their own free form lines to introduce the work.
At the end of the class I revealed to them that the artist is their fine arts instructor, Willie Baez.
A big thanks to Willie for introducing me to this unique form of expression and for lending us the artwork. Also a big thanks to Stacy Osei-Kuffour for helping out and transcribing."
Created by the seniors at Lester Housing in our Talking Poetry Class, June 03, 2011
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