Prompt: The Work of Brianna McCarthy
Week’s Theme: Ekphrastic House Party
Ekphrasis: writing that comments upon another art form, for instance a poem about a photograph or a novel about a film.
And thats the theme of this week, folks! We will be writing poems that jump off from the work of other black artist, either emerging or unknown or famous or your mama or your self.
We are going to start with the work of Brianna McCarthy, whose work was published with a poem of mine yesterday and then I spent some solid time fan-boying over her glory. The pieces about are called ‘post j’ouvert self portrait’ (top) and the bottom image is actually a composite photo of 4 pieces from theColour(ed)s Series (from left: Jump Out Yourself, Sew/Stitch, Coloured II, Coloured I) and they are indeed that work.
She is a beast and a half, and if you want to check out more of her work, please check out http://www.briannamccarthy.com/
I want you to respond to one of the pieces above or something else of hers. What is it telling you? What voice are you hearing? Write the art down on page, transform it, go against it, whatever. Please note the work which you respond to and credit her as well folks.
Now, Let’s get it!
***A Note on Sharing***
Share These Poems Everywhere! Let’s populate the word with black poems. Post on Tumblr, Facebook, Tweet the poem out, post it on your blog, on the walls, in the stalls, on the forehead of the next white man to look at you funny… Everywhere. Just use the hash tag #2828project when you post and please feel free to join the public facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/591268610963763/