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Ekphrasis 2: Emma Kidd + Kate Sheckler

March 15, 2007

Tranquille coast

by Emma Kidd

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The Island

The Island
at the end of all those other islands,
beads strung by bridges
all end at the dangling rosary of . . .
The Island.
Promises of peace,
like prayers un/answered.
Circumscribed, boundaried, trapped
by lapping limitation.
Here Sirens perch, the white powder of lotus
in outstretched palms.

by Kate Sheckler

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  1. March 16, 2007 at 5:40 am

    Beautiful. I never put lotus and lotus together, never walked to the end of an archipelago, never saw prayer from overhead, at the shore, or from the water. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed before today.

    Sometimes I feel like commenting on a poem unfairly circumscribes it. But f it lets me go like that, I guess I’m no threat.

  2. March 17, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Kate, I love your metaphor of the islands “strung by bridges” being like a rosary. When I first saw Emma’s image, I didn’t see it as geographic at all; your poem and the image are a wonderful pairing. Thank you both!

  3. March 18, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Yes, wonderful interpretation of the image – the dangling end of a rosary, with its promises, prayers “un/answered” and proffered white lotus powder. Very nice.

  4. March 19, 2007 at 12:59 am

    Yes, Kate’s poem is a whole new image emerging from Emma’s image. What a wonderful thing is the imagination: image – ination. Giving birth continuously to new forms.

  5. April 12, 2007 at 1:18 am

    What a beautiful poem Kate, I am very touched that you could see that originally it was like a map. I love the rosary imagery you created.

  6. Kate
    January 19, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    This is a late addition. A thanks for the comments and a note for Emma. Generally I’m strictly a prose writer, but your (possibly watercolor?) piece struck a very specific cord with a great deal of personal history. Then too, islands have always seemed to me iconic. Your image is certainly compelling.

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