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This month's project for my poetry sisters and I involved another ekphrastic poem, this time based on an extremely fierce sculpture by Mary Pownall (later Bromet), a British sculptor who was extremely well-known in the early 1900s and now doesn't even merit her own Wikipedia page.

We were provided with several photographs taken by Tanita Davis when she was in Scotland at the Kelvingrove Museum. Here's one of the images she shared with us of "The Harpy Celaeno":


Copyright 2016 Tanita S. Davis

And here is the poem I wrote:

The Harpy Celaeno
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Winged monster,
eyes fixed in . . .
something—anger?
repulsion?

Darkest of harpies,
known to steal food,
drive men
to madness.

This female monster,
seen as a threat
with shrieks,
sharp talons.

This gripping sculpture,
bare-breasted, fierce,
herself her
own model.

First exhibited
the year she married:
Fair warning? or
last hurrah?

You can find the other poems based on this sculpture at the blogs of my lovely poetry friends:

Laura Purdie Salas
Sara Lewis Holmes
Tanita Davis
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Liz Garton Scanlon

And for more Poetry Friday posts, click below to get to Jone's roundup:





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Sara Lewis Holmes
Jun. 3rd, 2016 10:42 am (UTC)
Research pays off! I never thought to see when she married...but this does add an interesting twist to the sculpture. Most excellent.
kellyrfineman
Jun. 3rd, 2016 02:06 pm (UTC)
I kept wondering whether he saw the sculpture before he ever saw her naked in person, and whether his first introduction to her breasts included those talons . . .
TS Davis
Jun. 3rd, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, MAN.
*snort*
I do think it's most excellent/amazing that she used HERSELF as a model. She probably obsessively got manicures, afterward...
kellyrfineman
Jun. 3rd, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, MAN.
These are the sorts of questions I have. Also, I totally LUUUUUURVE that she used herself as a model. That's badass.
jongibbs
Jun. 3rd, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
Good one (though I was hoping you'd manage to fit 'Don't blink' in there somewhere).
kellyrfineman
Jun. 3rd, 2016 02:06 pm (UTC)
A missed opportunity, alas!
Liz Garton Scanlon
Jun. 3rd, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
The way this ends -- utter brilliance. I love the conversational tone that is still so aesthetically spot-on. Hurrah, my friend!
kellyrfineman
Jun. 3rd, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Liz!
lpsalas
Jun. 3rd, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
from Laura Purdie Salas
Oh, that ending! That is fabulous--unexpected and cutting!
kellyrfineman
Jun. 3rd, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
Re: from Laura Purdie Salas
From what little I can tell, they were married for a long time and supported one another's careers, so I guess it was a good marriage. But it did all make me wonder - this statue done during her engagement . . .
Mary Lee Hahn
Jun. 4th, 2016 11:16 am (UTC)
Those eyes. That fierceness. Your question at the end. Powerful.
kellyrfineman
Jun. 6th, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Mary Lee!
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Jun. 5th, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC)
I so love that you researched the sculpture and the artist. I had no idea she was the model. What does it say about her state of mind during her engagement? It's an interesting question. I really like the stanzas and the tone of the overall poem. It is as fierce as the sculpture.
kellyrfineman
Jun. 6th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
I wondered about that, too, Tricia, although I expect she was okay with it - she had spent time on the Continent studying and working and exhibiting, and returned home to marry the guy. It made me think she was fine with the marriage, and from what little I could glean, it sounded like they rubbed along just fine. But I loved that she used herself as a model, and wondered if there was more behind it, and what sort of statement she intended (if any).
angeladegroot
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
I LIKE it!
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