Ekphrastic 24/Death Note

Ekphrastic 24/Death Note

The apple-crazed.

Name: Ryuk
Face: made of bone and a lively rigor mortis
Death: he dies in December for his apple-blossom lover

Raze.

Name: Yagami
Face: you pretty, pretty boy
Death: crushed beneath the weight of his own head

Hell.

Name: L
Face: on it you’ll find a crumb of strawberry cake and tea stains under his eyes
Death: angel

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Second to last ekphrastic poem.  Next one, the twenty fifth, will be a long one.  Inspired by what?   No idea.  Suggestions welcome.

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Previous ekphrastic: Ekphrastic 23/The Drowning Girl: A Memoir

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Ekphrastic Poems

(Twenty-five poems inspired by art.)

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

Ekphrastic 5/Sextraterrestrial

Ekphrastic 6/Andrej Pejic

Ekphrastic 7/A Study in Aphroxology

Ekphrastic 8/雲のむこう、約束の場所 (The Place Promised in our Early Days)

Ekphrastic 9/Breaking Bad

Ekphrastic 10/The Hunger Games

Ekphrastc 11/Jessica Naomi

Ekphrastic 12/The Fifth Element

Ekphrastic 13/Redline

Ekphrastic 14/Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ekphrastic 15/gored

Ekphrastic 16/Remedy Lane

Ekphrastic 17/Basilisk

Ekphrastic 18/Fudoki

Ekphrastic 19/Sisters, Pain of Salvation (Sean Thomas covers)

Ekphrastic 20/Wonders of the Invisible World

Ekphrastic 21/With the End in Mind

Ekphrastic 22/The Drowning Girl

Ekphrastic 23/The Drowning Girl: A Memoir

Ekphrastic 24/Death Note (coming Friday the 19th!)

Moss

Moss

As I prepare myself to rejoin the elves, goats and plant-powered cities of my current manuscript (FABLE), I’ve been drawing.  You’d think that rereading the first half might be more conducive to the whole preparation effort–especially since I took a 2-month long break to work on my band’s EP–but I’m just going to pretend that that’s not the truth and instead, give you a glimpse of Moss, one of two main characters in FABLE (he’s the one who has his apartment invaded by a narcissistic fire-elemental pop-star–the other anti-hero of the tale).

This is obviously just the line art, but I’ll be honest: I’m relieved.  I’ve finally (finally) figured out how to achieve clean digital line art.  That took far too long.  (Also, for whatever reason, the image looks a tad fuzzy on my screen; if you have the same problem, click on the picture–that should take you to a crisper view.)

Moss_lineart

Ekphrastic 17/Basilisk

Ekphrastic 17/Basilisk

Chrysalis eyes:
your womb chews you up, your
only power is lashing your lashes
shut.

Abyss-eyed:
you have no eyes, your sockets echo
from your gums
hang visions like shriveled baby teeth.

This story has nothing to do with either of you, your
single flute song, your
one-thrust dance.

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Previous ekphrastic: Ekphrastic 16/Remedy Lane

[Ekphrasis is, more or less, art about art.  As an eater of a lot of art, I like using ekphrastic poetry to digest some of it.]

Ekphrastic Poetry Archive  (For poems about A Game of Thrones, anime, music, The Hunger Games, Blood Meridian, etc–basically, everything your brain desires.)

Ekphrastic 13/Redline

Ekphrastic 13/Redline

She was double-skinned in see-through plasticine
a burning carbon diamond-paned diamond-flamed
bodysuit
she had her strawberry-kiwi-straw-buried
hair up wrapped around antlers and
and she was fast.
She stepped on flowers and they died in fires
that left seeds
with blood inside electric like robot eyes
she fried hearts on her fingergrills
ate them to feed her engine.

Off-planet/on-moon, green-injected
nettles rip from her pipe in her mouth as she races
blowing her followers

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[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 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

Ekphrastic 5/Sextraterrestrial

Ekphrastic 6/Andrej Pejic

Ekphrastic 7/A Study in Aphroxology

Ekphrastic 8/雲のむこう、約束の場所 (The Place Promised in our Early Days)

Ekphrastic 9/Breaking Bad

Ekphrastic 10/The Hunger Games

Ekphrastc 11/Jessica Naomi

Ekphrastic 12/The Fifth Element

Ekphrastic 8/雲のむこう、約束の場所 (The Place Promised in our Early Days)

November, kept lists
like I probably should
cause when you’re stuck in between dreams for years
you forget

what you’re supposed to do
where everyone went
where you are
who you are

to eat

to sleep

you just sit on an island among islands in the clouds
waiting for someone to drop down and save you
they do drop
and drop right past you and you have to jump
to save them
you jump

you wake up
lists on your lips
beauty betrays you

the end

you can’t remember the dream

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[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 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

Ekphrastic 5/Sextraterrestrial

Ekphrastic 6/Andrej Pejic

Ekphrastic 7/A Study in Aphroxology