Chazen Museum of Art

Bridge Poetry Series 12/7/17

Bridge Poetry Series | Certainty and Doubt: Paintings by Dan Ramirez


The Bridge Poetry Series highlights an esteemed literary tradition: poetry inspired by art. This series establishes a unique opportunity for Wisconsin poets to write and read ekphrastic poems. In the second century AD, ekphrasis (description) was a rhetorical exercise of creating mental images with words, and it frequently began with a description of artworks.

Madison poets Katrin Talbot, Sara Parrell, Susan Elbe, and Jesse Lee Kercheval launched the Bridge Poetry Series in collaboration with the Chazen Museum of Art. This series creates a venue for poetry in Madison which highlights ekphrastic poetry, or poetry about works of art. This reading is part of a semi-annual program of poetry about art. Twice yearly, about a dozen Wisconsin poets are invited to write poems inspired by works in one of the museum’s temporary exhibitions, directly linking art and poetry.

For the Bridge Poetry Series reading on December 7, 2017, poets wrote in response to Certainty and Doubt: Paintings by Dan Ramirez. Their poems are published here. Enjoy.

Sketchbooks / Courtesy of the artist, CX Dillhunt 

Her Braids, Araceli Esparza

My response at 11 PM on Feb. 9th on Twitter:, Araceli Esparza

Sidewalks, Araceli Esparza

Disquietude, Mark Kraushaar

Certainty and Doubt, Oscar Mireles

Certainty and Doubt, Lynn Patrick Smith

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