<i>Mother and Child</i>, 1969, Pat Hanly.

Mother and Child, 1969, Pat Hanly.

The Art of Poetry

Acrostic Poem Week

20 Apr 2020

Together with Pop Up Poetry Taranaki, we are celebrating the 'Art of Poetry' with an open call for poetry about art, your response to a selection of artworks - with a different theme each week.⁠
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There is a special term to describe literary depictions of visual works – ekphrasis. ⁠⠀⁠

⁠This week we want your interpretation of any of these three artworks in the form of an acrostic poem!⁠
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What do you think of these works of art by New Zealand artists Pat Hanly, Len Lye and Ngahina Hohaia.⁠
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Mother and Child⁠⠀⁠
Pat Hanly⁠
1969⠀⁠
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Sky Snakes⁠
Len Lye⁠
2019⁠

Roimata Toroa⁠
Ngahina Hohaia⁠
2006⠀⁠

 

For some inspiration and an example of an acrostic poem please see Pop Up Poetry Taranaki submissions below:

 

Miss my girl who’s
Overseas but
The bond that began
Here in my arms will carry us
Everywhere
Return us to ourselves.

Always hold her in my head
Now, not my arms-
Dance with the memories of my

Child, now grown
Holding her own
Infant twins, high above her
Laughter drowning our
Despair at separation.


Gaenor Brown,
Inspired by Pat Hanly.

 

Rolling
Out of not
Undulating but strictly
Neat round ruler straight as
Diamond cut

Love
I long to read
Newly worshiping
Ecstatic messages that have
Swirling secret motion.

 

Round Lines by Elaine Rollins,
Inspired by Ngahina Hohaia⁠.

 

You can find out more about what this local group does to support budding writers, including online get-togethers during April on their Facebook page.

Pen your acrostic poem and share it with us in the comments on our Instagram page or email it to elaine.rollins@govettbrewster.com ⁠
We'll then post a selection on our Instagram and website for us all to enjoy.

<Sky Snake</i>, 2019, Len Lye. 
Photo: Francis Vissers. Basel, Switzerland. 
Video of full artwork, available on our instagram.

, 2019, Len Lye.
Photo: Francis Vissers. Basel, Switzerland.
Video of full artwork, available on our instagram.

<i>Roimata Toroa</i>, 2006, Ngahina Hohaia.

Roimata Toroa, 2006, Ngahina Hohaia.