Last night the Museum was proud to host young writers from Booker T. Washington Magnet High for a reading “Word and Image.” Each work of prose and poetry was composed in response to a work of art on display at the Museum. Led by Mr. Foster Dickson, the expressions were a result of the annual Ekphrastic writing workshop at the Museum. Ekphrasis means a literary response to a work of art.
Selections from the student work include:
Adolph Alexander Weinman, Descending Night
From “Descending Night” by Somer Marshall
She was more than she could understand.
She was capable of more than her untrusting heart
Allowed her, she was beyond compare.
John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Cotton Gin
Gift of Works Progress Administration, 1935.12
From “Cotton Gin” by Ke’Veonia Hall
This cotton gin can satisfy plenty
And also avoid a lot of mayhem
Keeping Whitney from turning over in his grave
Rick Beck, Self Portrait
Gift of MMFA Patrons*, 2008.5
From “Thoughts Inside a Cocoon of Bones” by Keandra Pope
I turned into a cave of myself
Amber-colored walls kept up to keep out
Each limb turned into a lock
- Alice Novak
* Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Bowen and Carol Ballard, Jim and Jane Barganier, John and Joyce Caddell, Dorothy Cameron, Ben and Virginia Cumbus, Elizabeth Emmet, Bonner and Virginia Engelhardt, Bob and Susan Geddie, Barrie and Laura Harmon, Camille Elebash-Hill and Inge Hill, Paul and Anne Hubbert, Charles and Donna Ingalls, Michael and Allison Ingram, Mike and Kent Jenkins, Mark and Amy Johnson, Joan and James Loeb, James and Margaret Lowder, Michael and Laura Luckett, Alfred Newman, Phillip and Gloria Rawlings, Bruce and Emilie Reid, Adam and Dawn Schloss, James E. Sellars, Charles and Winifred Stakely, Andy and Lisa Weil, Jean Weil, Barry and Corinna Wilson, Drs. Tommy Wool and Laurie Weil and Anonymous Donor