Ekphrastic Ecstacy!

5 Jul

If you’ve been to the Blanton Museum of Art lately, you may remember Max Weber’s piece New York at Night, a cubist rendering of the Big Apple during those delicate moments when the sky dims and the city lights flicker on. This same painting captured the imagination of one of our Badgerdog writers during a summer camp field trip last month.

Congratulations to Sahar! In this poem, she’s brought to life both the bustle of the city and the dynamism of Weber’s 1915 canvas. What a beautiful marriage of art and poetry!

New York at Night

A never-ending maze.
Upside, downside, diagonal, horizontal—
You can see the same image.
You can see the streets, and the buildings,
But hidden in the chaos is calm.
Each skyscraper, each simple park
It is three-dimensional yet it appears two-dimensional.
Alleys, stairwells, passageways, paint crackling,
Then the light bright of NYC.
The sounds echo off every corner,
Every detail neatly integrated into modern chaos.
Every angle tells a different story.
Shining stars glisten.
All the little shops and stalls—
The randomness of it all.
The true spirit of New York at night
Is focused yet frenzy.

Sahar, eighth grade, Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp


3 Responses to “Ekphrastic Ecstacy!”

  1. Kelty July 6, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I love this line, “Every detail neatly integrated into modern chaos.”

    And “focused yet frenzy” describes how I feel at work everyday!

    Beautiful piece!

  2. SR July 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    Sahar, this is beautiful play of words, colors and lights…takes me back to my walks on Brooklyn Bridge late evenings

  3. Christina July 13, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    Great rhythm and details to get us into the “frenzy” of the city, Sahar. You capture both the zoomed-out view of the skyline and the zoomed-in details of the colors and echos. They work together to show that “hidden in the chaos is calm”–I love that idea, and I wonder how many of us can find that calm. This inspires me want to take another trip to the Blanton!

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