The Ohio Poetry
Association (OPA) is releasing a new ekphrastic poetry anthology,
titled, A Rustling and Waking Within. The collection is a celebration of
art and poetry in Ohio.
The 139-page perfect-bound book contains poems written by friends and members
of OPA in response to various forms of art featured in Ohio's museums, galleries and many other
venues, including homes. Works by Ohio
artists, both older art and more contemporary, are included.On the cover is a painting by Camille
Pissarro (French, 1830–1903), titled, "The Roofs of Old Rouen, Gray Weather " used by permission
from the Toledo Museum of Art. The project marks the culmination of four OPA
writing events that were held in major art centers in Ohio.
An initial release
event, at which contributors will read their poems against a visual projection
of the art to which they responded, is slated for Saturday, March 11, 2017,
from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at the WexnerCenter for the Arts, 1871 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio43210. The event is free and open to
the public and promises to be of interest not just to poets and artists but
also to the general public. Along with a multimedia poetry reading, the
afternoon will feature food, beverages, and raffles. Books will be sold at the
event and poets will be available to sign them.
A second release
event will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo,
beginning at 2:00 pm. Several more events at Ohio's art museums, coffee shops, and
bookstores throughout the state are being planned. Information on these events
can be found on the OPA
or on the OPA Facebook page as it becomes
The anthology was
edited by Sharon Fish Mooney, herself a contributing poet and OPA member.
Mooney organized the book by region of the state based on the art, and within
each region, she organized poems based on when the art was created or
displayed. She says: "The Ohio Poetry Association hopes that through this
collection, the reader will want to view art that is currently located in Ohio or that has traveled through Ohio. We want the reader to get up close and
personal by visiting the various venues where the art resides. Through these
poems, we hope readers will experience some of what we as poets experienced
when we viewed it."
The book features
an introduction by Terry Hermsen, Professor of English, Otterbein University in
Westerville, Ohio. In his introduction, he suggests "that the primary task
of ekphrastic writing, whether in the form of poetry or not, lies in seeking
out a dialogue between that original silence" that is art "and the
cradle of words" that is poetry. He goes on to state: "Through entering
that open space which lies like a hidden valley somewhere between a painting
and poem, we might come to know art all over again."
A complete list of
the 48 poets and poem titles featured in the book, as well as links to the art
that inspired their poems, is available at the OPA website: ohiopoetryassn.org. Any organization
that would like to sponsor a reading should email email@example.com.
The Ohio Poetry
Association (OPA), chartered originally as the Verse Writers’ Guild of Ohio, is
a nonprofit, educational volunteer organization with a 501(c)(3)Federal
designation and a member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.
Chartered in 1929, the Ohio Poetry Association promotes poetry and supports Ohio poets of all ages
and in all stages of their writing lives by providing a variety of learning
events, readings, and contests.