Out There, In Here: Mysteries of the Ekphrastic Poem

Out There, In Here: Mysteries of the Ekphrastic Poem

Fred Marchant
Week 5: July 9 to July 14
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $600
Discipline: Poetry
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 2 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

The ekphrastic poem is a response to a work of visual art. It is a poem that describes the artwork, but inevitably it also leads to associations, insights, memories, the emotional contours of the inner life. Together we will probe the nature of the ekphrastic, and work on poems that describe what is "out there" in the work of art and at the same time bring to the surface what is generated "in here," deep within the mind.

Our goal for the week will be to develop at least three new ekphrastic poems. For visual artwork, we will draw upon internet collections as well the galleries of Provincetown. Our workshop discussions will center on your poetry, but we will also examine important ekphrastic poems by other writers.

Please bring to our first class 11 copies of a poem of your own that contains an element of the ekphrastic in it. 


FRED MARCHANT’s most recent collection of poetry, Said Not Said was published by Graywolf Press in May 2017. He is also the author of four earlier books of poetry, and has edited Another World Instead, a selection of the early works of William Stafford, also from Graywolf. In addition, he has co-translated works by the contemporary Vietnamese poets, Tran Dang Khoa and Vo Que. He is a professor emeritus of English and Founding Director of the Poetry Center at Suffolk University in Boston.