Whilst perusing Flavorwire’s list of the best new poets of 2011 I took a look at the work of Nancy Reddy and was blown away. She’s written a poem about Nancy Drew that goes into the legendary sleuth’s life using the usual associations:
Of course, re-making an idea and using literary allusion is nothing new in poetry or in other creative endeavors (anyone want to make a bet on when The Hunger Games will be remade?) Here’s a list of 50 movie remakes coming up, posted in January. Reddy’s poem is an example of how it can be electrifying to read what you remember as reinterpreted in someone else’s brain.
Another poetic term that’s related to this is looking at a piece of art and writing about it. It’s called ekphrasis, and it’s really fun. The next time you’re wandering around the Carnegie Museum of Art, try your hand at some ekphrastic poetry. Take the atmosphere of your favorite book and turn it into your own thing–part of your personal imaginative world.
Here are some books to check out if you prefer your poetry in physical rather than digital form:
A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.