Art and poetry connect at the Farnsworth

Apr 15, 2019
“Mountain Lake (Mt. Katahdin, Maine)” by James Fitzgerald, watercolor on paper, gift of Remak Ramsay.

ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St., hosts a program entitled “The Art/Poetry Connection with Ellen Goldsmith” on Tuesday, April 23, at 2 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. Goldsmith is a poet, teacher and author of multiple award-winning books.

Ekphrastic poems start with works of art and then go in different directions — description and interpretation, personal and political. This participatory presentation by Goldsmith will place eight poems beside the images that gave rise to them — Yusef Komunyakaa and Maya Lin; Edward Hirsch and Edward Hopper; Lisel Mueller and Claude Monet; and more. The program will end in the Farnsworth galleries to see which works of art stimulate thinking and feeling and might lead the viewer to write.

Goldsmith is a poet, teacher and author of “Where to Look,” “Such Distances” and “No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect,” which won the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 1997 chapbook contest and was described by Dennis Nurkse, the contest judge, as an “incandescent collection.” Recent poems have appeared in Antiphon, Connecticut River Review, Dash, Earth's Daughters, Mount Hope, Off the Coast, Third Wednesday and The Whirlwind Review. She teaches poetry for Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education, is professor emeritus of The City University of New York and lives in Cushing.

The fee for this program is $10. For more information or to register, please visit

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