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Hello dear poets! Michelle Beauchamp, here, aka Mish bringing you back to the pub for Poetics.

Surrealism. It defies logic, rationality and what we perceive as natural. Strange beauty transpires from the most unusual artistic assemblages, combinations and distortions. It has been described as an unleashing of creativity and the subconscious mind. Beyond the works of Picasso, the process emerged from art and literature to other mediums including sculptures, lithography, theater, film and photography. We have explored the movement of surrealism in previous dVerse prompts. Today I’d like to focus specifically on the surreal photography of Erik Johansson.

Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and visual artist, now living in Prague, Czech Republic. In his bio, he says that he “seeks to capture ideas rather than moments” and “strives to create a single, realistic image that tells a story, even if it includes elements that seem impossible.” He describes the process of his work on his About page here. Scrolling through his gallery, I found the results to be captivating, each one feeding my muse with possibilities. Perhaps you will be moved as well. Choose an image below that sends you a message, an idea, or a story. There are more photos available on his website using this link.


Note: All gallery images on Erik Johansson’s site are available for personal and non-commercial use only. If you are including an image with your poem, you are required to credit his work with his name and website.


Here’s how to join in:

  • Write a poem of any style, inspired by one of the images above or from Erik Johansson’s gallery. Post it to your blog.
  • Remember to credit the artist.
  • Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and direct url to your poem.
  • Add a link for dVerse on your page so others can find us as well.
  • Visit other poets on the list to read their poems and comment.
  • Join us at the pub to say hello!