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Make Visible: Workshop Poems

To continue our series on the Muse Online Writers Conference and our Poetry Workshop last fall, I present to you two poems that were written during the conference.



Even though the Poetic Muselings were “teaching” or facilitating the Poetry Workshop, we also “learned” from each other and the participants.  I always come up with new writing when I attend MuseCon and this time was no exception.  Here are two poems that literally wouldn’t have existed if not for our workshop and MuseCon.








  • Persona Poems




Persona poems are poems that are written in a voice other than that of the author, where the author pretends to be someone else. ~Margaret Fieland




This is the prompt I used for my Persona Poem:




– The loneliest keys on the keyboard that never get used


Typewriter Keys

Typewriter Keys (Photo credit: jon|k)








A Question








I have a question.


Why am I so neglected?


You like E and A


and I far too much.


You never type Quasimodo or Quack


Or even misspell, using Q for K.


I’m in a quandary.


There’s not much I can do,


the letter Q


on your keyboard,


lonely, upset, tired.


I know I shouldn’t quomplain,


but I do.








© Anne Westlund






  • Ekphrasis / Picture Poem




An Ekphrasis or Picture Poem is a poem inspired by a work of art.  I was inspired by Visual 5, a collage by Lin Neiswender.








Visit to the Beauty Shop






Like a chorus of blondes


they tell me my hair is fried


from at-home color




These hairdressers


all perfectly coiffed


like angels of desire


swoop in and mutter over


my split ends




In need of proper maintenance,


conditioning and decent upstanding


expensive $$ permanent color




I don’t know whether to laugh


or cry




I’ll stick to my box color


I’ll stick to my free hair cuts


thank you very much!




The choir shrieks off-key


paling against the vagaries


of economy




So much for a “free” consultation




I don’t leave a tip.






© Anne Westlund






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“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”~Robert Bresson, French Film Director


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A New Way of Looking: Ekphrasis

I learned a new word  recently, courtesy of a friend and Wiki:

Ekphrasis or ecphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art. In ancient times it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. The word comes from the Greek ek and phrasis, ‘out’ and ‘speak’ respectively, verb ekphrazein, to proclaim or call an inanimate object by name.

Nowadays it might be a snapshot of a scene, a work of art, or any creation that puts you in the head of the participants or an object and tell’s you what is actually happening within it.

So I thought, why not pick one of my collages as a prompt and write about it?

The one I chose is called “La Fleur” and here it is:

La Fleur

©2008 Lin Neiswender

Here is my poem about the collage:

The Photograph

Rose Pink my Papa calls me, his little blossom
I smile inside but not for the photograph
The buttons on my shoes are too tight and pinch my toes

My little dogs are lucky, they can run free with bare paws
On the fresh green grass, and rush into the house
When they are tired, heads out the window
Listening to the bird sing

But even they are dressed too fine for comfort
Tight bows of Mama’s fine silk ribbon tied
Around their necks, choking them as does
My lace collar choke me

Still a little girl’s first love
Is her Papa, and so I endure
The scratching of the lace,
The tightness of the shoes

All so Papa can take his photograph
Of his La Fleur Rose

©2012 Lin Neiswender


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