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EKPHRASIS: Art & Poetry

Musing on Ellen

INVITATION TO PARTY MANSION

Moershel’s painting, John Selvidge takes us into a disjointed

they say that about them broken mirror

wholeness reminiscent

do we. glass,

waking life. Ekphrasis is

laughter

among us.

the ball room mirror, an

of

back,

go, circulate

is

new

friends.

wrecks as departure

party. We’re Come

you here

but

& circle

j oin us,

our

RSVP

in the

please. Attire

come

as the dream

as you too

waking life,

stamping its

rather than

return.

always open. Come again?

do

& go, come

Come

of

come &

ate language only,

formally casual

remember

encouraged so

the

safely

range

Our hallways loop

make priv-

to vista

whole

but

are because we want

will

heart’s

vectoring

conversational def-

enough

is

in

bleed along

as you

music,

that

the

entry

chakra

I think

collar

should

sex.

for

though only briefly

This time

and/or

re-

before

world,

sleight of

a place

understand each

slowly

a doubled

rattling in the

are windows.

innuendo

mirrored wall

Cocktails

your fur-lined

early exit?

lection

You

you here

says no & neither

there’s

Our joints

we’ve seen

understanding of a visual work of art.

& get some.

a

on the

never

& spines erect,

has a color?

to express their

John Selvidge’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in BlazeVOX, Otoliths, Nerve Lantern, Gauss PDF, Creative Thresholds, Moria, and An Atlanta Poets Group Anthology: The Lattice Inside (University of New Orleans Press, 2012), a collection he co-edited. He lives in Oklahoma City where he writes and co-directs the Ralph Ellison Foundation.

The dream

come

you here

a place for poets

Ellen Moershel is a Norman, Oklahoma native. She attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a BFA in Painting and Sculpture in May 2010. Currently, she works in her studio in Norman primarily in abstract painting. She is represented by JRB Art at the Elms in the Paseo Arts District of Oklahoma City and Visual Voice Fine Art in Truro, Nova Scotia.

So,

reassembling

a good seven years

level of the psyche.

of parties, dreams, and

imaginative

takes

because

holy to threshold

So, come &

get it. again.

(left) Ellen Moershel, Party Mansion, oil on canvas, 33” X 24”, 2014

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Art Focus Oklahoma Jul/Aug 2015  
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