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Ekphrasis 2: Emma Kidd + Kate Sheckler

March 15, 2007

Tranquille coast

by Emma Kidd


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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