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Hello, dVerse poets! It’s Merril welcoming you to the pub tonight. Everyone seemed to enjoy my March ekphrastic, so I decided to do a summer ekphrastic prompt. It’s not technically summer in the northern hemisphere, but here in southern New Jersey, it looks and feels like summer. Summer can be a time of going to the beach, or taking vacations, but it is also a time for parties, picnics, gardens—and storms both literal and metaphorical, as we are caught in a storm of hate and violence right now.

The purpose of an ekphrastic prompt is to inspire your verse, not to be a description. So, even if it is not summery where you are—of if you live where it is always warm—I hope you can still find something to write about. It doesn’t even have to be about summer.

I’ve tried to pick a variety of styles and summer themes, even though I did choose two paintings by Danish artist Peder Severin Krøyer.

For the prompt—choose one or more of the paintings below and write a poem inspired by what you see or feel. Please let us know which painting or paintings inspired you.

Peder Severin Krøyer, Hip, Hip, Hurrah

Peder Severin Krøyer, Summer Evening at Skagen. The Artist’s Wife and Dog by the Shore

Winslow Homer, Summer Squall

“Tar Beach 2” Quilt
Faith Ringgold,
American, born 1930. Produced at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, founded 1977 Philadelphia Museum of Art. I can’t upload it, but you can see it here.

Carl Zimmermann, Deer in a Summer Meadow

Edward Henry Potthast, Summer Day, Brighton Beach

Here is a summer poem for more inspiration.

“Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.”

Carl Sandburg, “Summer Stars”

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