Ekphrastic 5/ Sextraterrestrial

Ekphrasis is art in reaction to art. Basically. And I don’t think about the art I consume enough. And I haven’t been writing poetry as much as I should. So every Friday, I’ll post an ekphrastic poem about whatever art I’ve been eating lately (books, poetry, anime, paintings, films, so on).
…………………….

Ekphrastic 5/ Sextraterrestrial

Xylem phloem
empty tunnels like her
layered feeding
tubes that make her skin
She is Tree
She is Just
a single membrane of living holding in everything
black scaled beautiful
amber tusks from her eyes
silkworms dangling in her ears
………………………………………………

A few weeks ago, I was really (really) obsessed with this video. First, a disclaimer: I very rarely listen to this sort of music. I like metal. Lots of it. It is my heart, my home. I listen to much other music, true, but very rarely anything mainstream. But this video, this song. It’s haunting and it stirs me. Except for Kanye West. He makes me want to vomit.

……………………..

Ekphrastic Poetry Archive:

Ekphrastic 1/RIN: Daughters of Mnemosyne

Ekphrastic 2/Blood Meridian

Ekphrastic 3/The Walking Dead

Ekphrastic 4/ A Song of Ice and Fire: A Storm of Swords