Poetry night centered around work by veterans

Hannah Swayze • Nov 12, 2018 at 9:47 PM

One downtown Johnson City art studio saw a little bit of a different kind of art on Monday night. 

For Veterans Day, The Warriors Canvas and The Northeast Chapter of the Poetry Society of Tennessee teamed up to honor veterans in a bit of a new way. 

“There is a type of poetry called Ekphrastic poetry which give a reaction to artwork,” Rose Klix, president of the Northeast Chapter of the Poetry Society of Tennessee, said.

It was this kind of poetry that she had in mind when she brought the idea of a Veterans Day poetry reading to David Shields, CEO of The Warriors Canvas, a local art studio and gallery that was developed to provide a space for therapeutic art and community to veterans, and also a member of the poetry society.

Throughout the reading, poetry society members read poems inspired by artists’ work that were on the very walls that surrounded them or by military veterans in their life. 

Klix, the daughter of a veteran, wrote one poem about her father and another inspired by a photograph by veteran artist Brian Posey.

Howard Carman, an organizer of the event, read multiple poems. One was inspired by a watercolor painting sent to him which he called, “The Homestead.” Another was based off his reaction to a painting that used to hang in the gallery of a woman with what Carman describes as, “steel blue eyes.”

Shields said the poetry reading is something that The Warrior’s Canvas hopes to continue doing. And that hopefully the poetry reading will become an annual occurrence.

“Who knows, the sky’s the limit right?” Shields said.

The Warrior’s Canvas is open on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about the Warrior’s Canvas and Veterans Art Center, visit warriorscanvas.org or contact Shields at David-S@warriorscanvas.org or 423-946-3732.

For more information about the Northeast Chapter of the Poetry Society of Tennessee, visit pstne.weebly.com.

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