Just in time for Christmas, prolific poet Ivor Steven has released a new book of poetry. This 51-page book of 'ekphrastic poetry' accompanies beautiful photography by Derrick Knight.
The unlikely collaboration of an English photographer and an Australian poet crosses borders to join in reflection and observation, quirkiness and rhyme.
'Ekphrastic poetry' is defined as poetry written about works of art. In this case, Ivor re-imagines in poems Derrick's beautiful photographs from landscapes to seascapes, butterflies, snails, horses and faeries.
Here is a snippet.
'The Faeries of Fry's Lane'
Walking down Fry's Lane
Sheltering from the misty rain
I did spy among the hedgerow berries
A Frolic of mystical faeries
Like iridescent glowing canaries
A fluttering of night-time luminaries
Trying not to disturb their magical home
I quietly asked them, "Are you all alone"
The faeries laughed and danced
They replied, "Your vision is by perchance
and your dreams may turn to stone
if you wish for a golden throne"
Suddenly the glittering sands of time
Illuminating the faeries' wings of rhyme
Begun vanishing from their fallen stars
And the faeries quickly flew back to their green Avatar