Poetry Workshop at the Open Eye Gallery

I attended a poetry reading and workshop called Inspiration, Process and Outcomes at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool yesterday hosted by poets Maria Isakova-Bennett and Michael Brown. The event was aimed at beginners, more experienced writers and artists like myself who have an interest in collaboration between photography and text.

They provided the group with an excellent introduction to how they create poetry in response to works of art. We were tasked with making a poem in response to a photograph in the North: Identity, Photography, Fashion exhibition.

At the end of the workshop I had written this poem in response to Shirley Baker's photograph Glamorous Elderly Lady Smoking


Glamorous Lady Smoking

She's lost the woman she used to be

She looks in the mirror and paints in what's missing

Do you like my hat love?

Damson Plush it is, Billy liked it,

You've got to make an effort haven't you? 

Coral Spring my lipstick is, do you like it?

Billy did.

Love of my life, back in the day.

He's still there,

in the mirror.