Day 8. My annual National Poetry Month 2023 ekphrastic challenge is a collaboration between artists Aaron Bowker, Beth Brooke, Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad, Sara Fatima Mir, and writers, Tim Fellows, Jamie Woods, Merril D. Smith, Anjum Wasim Dar, Jane Dougherty, Robert Frede Kenter, Paul Dyson, Frank Colley, Lynne Jensen, Kushal Poddar and myself. April 8th.




Gold dust (OVP8)- cover art, Pithead Chapel


Tethered Magic (BB8)

Glow-town neon desecrates
the velvet nap of night.
Tubes of gas flicker
into a man with no shadow,
a bird with no wings,
guardians of a second
story apartment and the light
over its door.

Lynne Jensen Lampe

A Prism Poem for A Hat Check Girl

Shake. Shake. Shake!
Rattle. Rattle. Rattle!
What’s under the unfolding cap?
A thin Neon man holding a bird
about to fly into the nighttime City.
A red tree on a hill
angling to fly into someone’s hair.
They lost their hat in a windstorm!
A spikey tree hair-comb,
shaking off its leaves, dancing
in the Prismatic cloudy City sky.
All these bright, bright colours!

All Four art works for Day 8 used.

Robert Frede Kemter

Creations (all images)

Earth created tree, and tree spread
and spread covering earth with root-weave
and bough-tangle, leaf-canopy and winter quilt.

Tree created bird, and bird spread wings
and flew from tree to tree nesting-building,
egg-tending, fledging until the earth sang.

Man created mirrors that spread ersatz light,
steel and concrete-tangle that grew higher than any tree
and flew from sunrise to sunset, never fledging.

Ocean deep created darkness, that spread
from shell to shell, held tight closed from the beginning,
dark pearls, waiting to be sown.

Jane Dougherty

Flat Cap Haiku

He always wore it
Even in the summertime
That manky old cap

Frank Colley

Viento (OVP8,SFM8)

los árboles esperan
los vientos más fuertes
perder sus hojas muertas

Wind (OVP8,SFM8)

The trees are waiting
for the strongest autumn winds
to free their dead leaves

Cap (AB8)

He loved his cap. Its shape,
its colour, the way it slotted
onto his head so easily
that he’d forget to take it off
when he got home.
He noticed it was starting
to wear a little, on the rim
and on the inside. He didn’t
want to think about the day
he would have to let it go.

Tim Fellows

Autumnal Vivaldi


Celebrate the harvest
in dance in music in excess.
Bring your gifts to the Gods
and she will bring Bacchus
and he more wine.

Take your lover’s hand
beneath the golden boughs
and quench your souls
in a carnal feast.
Then sleep, sleep

softly sleep
in the arms of another
beneath the September stars
of Scorpio and Sagittarius

awaken, kiss be merry
and dance, dance again,
for the Sun
has yet to rise
and tomorrow is a distant land.

Paul Dyaon

Cherry Blossom Falls (SaraFM8)

As she leaves
she says that he’s
like a cherry blossom tree:
beautifully crafted bundles of
pink-lemonade stand warmth
pouring summer joy
bubbling with expectation
before fall drops
leaving orange-brown
mulch on the floor.
She says she doesn’t want to waste
another autumn
crushing dead petals, eggshells
and dreams underfoot.

Jamie Woods

<strong>Bios and Links</strong>

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad

is an Indian-Australian painter, poet, and improv pianist. She is a self-taught artist who has been painting and exhibiting for over 20 years. Her work has been featured in several journals including Amsterdam Quarterly yearbook, Pithead Chapel, Two Thirds North, Kissing Dynamite Poetry,&nbsp; and Stonecoast Review. She has been nominated multiple times for the Best of the Net. She lives and works in Sydney on the traditional lands of The Eora Nation. &nbsp;Find her @oormilaprahlad and <a href=””></a&gt;

Sara Fatima Mir

Born on the 26th of July, 2007, in Islamabad , Sara Fatima is a Pakistani of Kashmiri origin. Gifted by nature with an inborn aesthetic sense, she is passionate about art. It is not just a hobby for her, rather it is a well settled heart and soul, way of life which inspires her to visualize the fine beauty and form in the world around. She has won numerous art competitions at school level. She is a natural artist and has completed the following two Courses : a) Graphic Designing -2020 b) Resin Art Skills -2022 from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Finishing School, Islamabad Capital Territory Pakistan. This learning has further enhanced her artistic skills . International Participation in Art and Poetry Project: Rucksack A Global Poetry Patchwork 2022 A Poetry Project by Ms Antje Stehn of Italy and Mamta Sagar of India. Sara made a Teapot with the help of dried teabags. A requirement .Its image is on display at the Poetry Museum Italy. Sara Fatima Mir believes Art connects people by portraying their lives. Different people, different drawings, different stories. Using all sorts of mediums, she flaunts her amateur talent and aspires to learn more to become the best version of herself. Please Follow her on Instagram @sketchfilez

Beth Brooke

is a Dorset-based poet and her writing is grounded in the Wessex landscape and history. Her debut pamphlet, <em>A Landscape With Birds</em> was published by Hedgehog Poetry in July 2022. Her second pamphlet, <em>Transformations</em>, will be published by Hedgehog next year. The poems are all inspired by the work of Dame Elisabeth Frink, the sculptor and artist.

Aaron Bowker

based in the United States is a super self-critical Virgo, walking a path between worlds while dabbling in art, photography, and poetry. Poems have been featured in Failed <em>Haiku, Cold Moon Journal, The Wombwell Rainbow,</em> and <em>Heterodox Haiku Journal,</em> with art featured in <em>The Hooghly Review, The Wombwell Rainbow,</em> and <em>Black &amp; White Haifa/Haisha.</em> Special thank you to Jerome Berglund for being my mentor and pushing me to limits otherwise unexplored.

Robert Frede Kenter

is a writer, pushcart nominee &amp; visual artist with work in many venues, on line and in print, incl: Storms Journal, Anthropocene, Fevers Of, Acropolis Journal, CutbowQuarterly, Anti-heroin chic and many others, as well as books including EDEN (2021) a visual poetry collection, and Audacity of Form (ice floe press, 2019). Work in anthologies: Book of Penteract (Penteract Press, 2022), and Seeing in Tongues, an anthology forthcoming from Steel Incisors (2023). Robert is publisher &amp; EIC of Ice Floe Press, <a href=””></a&gt;.

Jamie Woods

Swansea-based Jamie Woods is poet-in-residence at the charity Leukaemia Care. His work has been published in <em>Poetry Wales, Lucent Dreaming, Ink Sweat &amp; Tears </em>and more. Jamie’s debut pamphlet <em>Rebel Blood Cells </em>is out in June, and can be pre-ordered from <a href=””></a&gt;
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Jane Dougherty

lives and works in southwest France. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems and stories have been published in magazines and journals including Ogham Stone, the Ekphrastic Review, Black Bough Poetry, ink sweat and tears, Gleam, Nightingale &amp; Sparrow, Green Ink and Brilliant Flash Fiction. She blogs at <a href=””></a&gt; Her poetry chapbooks, <a href=”;qid=1607186362&amp;sr=1-1″><strong>thicker than water</strong></a> and <a href=”;keywords=birds+and+other+feathers&amp;qid=1607186511&amp;s=books&amp;sr=1-14″><strong>birds and other feathers</strong></a> were published in October and November 2020.

Paul Dyson

is from Swinton, Rotherham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
He says –

“We all have an urge to be creative
whether it’s art, poetry, music . . .
or just putting together flat pack furniture,
being creative keeps us alive and feeling human”

Paul gave up his day job 5 years ago to dabble in art, poetry and music, and hopes the passion in his Art reaches and touches the hearts of fellow humans too.

Merril D. Smith

lives in southern New Jersey near the Delaware River. Her poetry has been published in journals including <em>Black Bough Poetry, Anti-Heroin Chic, Acropolis, and Humana Obscura, </em>and anthologies, such as the recent<em> Our Own Coordinates: Poems about Dementia </em>(Sidhe Press<em>).</em>&nbsp;Her full-length poetry collection, <em>River Ghosts</em>, was published by Nightingale &amp; Sparrow Press, and was a Black Bough Poetry Book of the Month.

Twitter: @merril_mds&nbsp; Instagram: mdsmithnj&nbsp; Blog: <a href=””></a&gt;

Tim Fellows

is a writer from Chesterfield in Derbyshire whose ideas are heavily influenced by his background in the local coalfields, where industry and nature lived side by side. His first pamphlet “Heritage” was published in 2019. His poetic influences range from Blake to Owen, Causley to Cooper-Clarke and more recently the idea of imagistic poetry and the work of Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez.

Lynne Jensen Lampe’s

debut collection,&nbsp;<em>Talk Smack to a Hurricane</em> (Ice Floe Press, 2022) concerns mother-daughter relationships, mental illness, and antisemitism. Her poems appear in many journals, including&nbsp;<em>THRUSH</em>, <em>Figure 1</em>,<em>&nbsp;</em>and<em> Yemassee</em>. A finalist for the 2020 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize, she edits academic research in mid-Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Visit her at <a href=””></a&gt;; on Twitter/Spoutible @LJensenLampe; or Instagram @lynnejensenlampe.

Frank Colley

lives in South Yorkshire and has been writing poetry all his life. He is an active member of the Read to Write Group and has performed his poems at a wide variety of venues including CAST in Doncaster. His poems have appeared in several anthologies.
He is an admirer of Edward Thomas. His collection “<em>The Story of Soldier A</em>” was published by Glass Head Press in 2022. His self published pamphlet “<em>The Nantcol Sonnets”</em> both are available on eBay.

Kushal Poddar

The author of ‘Postmarked Quarantine’ has eight books to his credit. He is a journalist, father, and the editor of ‘Words Surfacing’. His works have been translated into twelve languages.

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