Ekphrastic Writing

A way of writing in response to a piece of art. You use the visual medium as a prompt for a verbal piece.

I find this form works a lot better when it is not merely describing the art, but using it as a starting point for feelings or memories. It's an interpretation, not a direct description. Like Anne Sexton's The Starry Night.

Using art pieces like this is a way to be specific and detailed, as you observe things within the painting that you would not necessarily notice on first glance.

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