poems by Lee Woodman
The ekphrastic poems presented in Artscapes dazzle with vivid imagery and expert wordplay, offering a refreshing and provocative examination of the artwork Lee Woodman has chosen to explore. Inspired by works from major museums, Woodman invites readers to walk into paintings, enter worlds triggered by sculpture, and eavesdrop on conversations with artists. She will take you to a roaring boxing ring in Washington D.C., a cave in Indonesia with forty-thousand-year-old paintings, and a harem’s den in Algiers. All is possible in poetry. A collection to enjoy on repeated visits.
ISBN: 978-1-956056-12-9 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Lee Woodman is the winner of the 2020 William Meredith Prize for Poetry. Her essays and poems have been published in Tiferet Journal, Zócalo Public Square, Grey Sparrow Press, The Ekphrastic Review, vox poetica, The New Guard Review, The Concord Monitor, The Hill Rag, Naugatuck River Review, and The Broadkill Review. A Pushcart nominee, she received an Individual Poetry Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2019 and 2020. Her poetry collections Mindscapes, published by Poets’ Choice Publishing, and Homescapes, published by Finishing Line Press, came out in 2020. Lifescapes was published by Kelsay Books in summer 2021.
Woodman’s radio and film awards include five CINEs, two NY International Film Blue Ribbons, and three Gracies from American Women in Radio and Television. She worked for twenty years in leadership roles at the Smithsonian Institution and was Vice-President of Media and Editorial at K12, Inc. As Executive Producer at Lee Woodman Media, Inc., her clients included The Library of Congress, The World Bank, Public Radio International, NPR, and the Fulbright Program. She has a bachelor’s degree in art from Colby College and a master’s degree in art education from Hartford Art School.
“Lee Woodman’s poems are, in a way, paintings themselves. Their imagery is so vivid that we sometimes feel as if we are there, at the museum or gallery, taking it all in. But the joy of looking is only half of it: her love of language is a pleasure to read. Woodman chooses words with the same precision and delight that one might use to pluck the finest gemstones or candy.”
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