Connor Bost’s “Ocean Alchemies” after Ruth Ava Lyons – and March 28 AOP Details

Art of Poetry supports participation from poets of all ages. This post highlights a wonderful ekphrastic poem by young Connor Bost. Also, find details for available art exhibitions, guidelines, and the submission due date below for the next Art of Poetry event on March 28, 2015.

Oceanic Alchemies XII by Ruth Ava Lyons,

Connor Bost
after “Oceanic Alchemies XII” by Ruth Ava Lyons

Such wonder, such beauty.
Cool and peaceful.
So many colors and shapes,
golden fish swim
among pink, yellow, blue, and green
coral and seaweed. Mesmerizing.
Not like gazing into ocean,
but like gazing into a dream.

Connor Bost Reads
Connor Bost reads his work “Ocean Alchemies” at the December 13, 2014 Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art.
Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

A message from Art of Poetry’s Kelly DeMaegd


I’m announcing the details about the next Art of Poetry at the Hickory Museum of Art reading.

The submission deadline is March 14, 2015 and the reading will be March 28 at 2:00.

To submit, simply go to the museum and write poems about the works on exhibit. Please note the dates of eligible exhibits below. Submissions should:
-include name of the artist and the title of the inspiring work
-be typed in the body of an email (do not send attachments)
-be typed using 12-point Arial font, single spaced
-be sent to Kelly DeMaegd at
-Art of Poetry reserves the right to decline work that may not be appropriate in content, or of literary quality as determined by its panel of judges.
-All submissions must be received by the end of the submission deadline date, in a format per the guidelines.

Approximately 20 poems will be selected to be displayed at the museum and to be read by the author (or selected substitute reader) at the reading. The reading is free and open to the public. Audiences have ranged from 15 to 45 people. After the reading, with permission of the poet and artist, poems will be posted on the Art of Poetry website at

Eligible exhibits are as follows:
-Discover Folk Art, Third Floor Gallery, Ongoing
-American Art Pottery and Born of Fire, Second Floor Objects Gallery, Ongoing
-In The Beginning: Artists Exhibited at HMA – 1944, Second Floor Windows Gallery, Through March 29, 2015
-My Brother’s Paintings: Works by Gordon Wetmore (1938-2011), First Floor Shuford Gallery, January 10, 2015 through March 29, 2015
-Thoughts Left Visible: Paul Whitener’s Process, First Floor Whitener Gallery, Through March 29, 2015
-1944: A War, The People, A New Museum, First Floor Entrance Gallery and Second Floor Coe Gallery, Through March 29, 2015
-Crowns: Black Women, Their Hats and Their Stories, Second Floor Objects Gallery, January 31, 2015 through April 12, 2015

If you have any questions, please email me at

Looking forward to seeing you!
Kelly DeMaegd

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