Ekphrastic Blog # 29

Editor’s Note: This post has been written by Linda K. Strahl, an editor at the Jet Fuel Review. Her full bio can be found at the end of this post.

Hello audience, I have gotten myself into a fix, as my Ekphrastic Blog for this week will not be on this particular site. I searched Google for some poem ideas this week and found a writing contest that I decided to enter as of a day ago. It is an Ekphrastic Poem, that has everything to do with the actor James Hugh Calum Laurie (a.k.a. Dr. Gregory House). Though famous as an actor, he is also a singer, writer, musician, and director. I actually have his album on a playlist or two. I thought I’d feature his likes and dislikes within my poem, but they ended up being all about the character Dr. House that he portrays in House, M.D.

(poem link)

To include Hugh in the poem I took his middle name Calum and made it Calume because it flowed well and it inspired the rest of the verse I chose to work with. As a running joke, Laurie’s native accent is fake (he’s Oxford, England  raised), and his real accent is American, which is a common topic whenever he hands out an award. I enjoyed the fact that I could not get rhyme schemes out of my head the entire time I tried to write everything down. All in all, I thought it was good enough to actually enter into a contest, which is why I thought I would share with you everything that know about my writing from my time on the Jet Fuel Review Blog.

I have to give credit to the assignments of bout-rimes that Dr. Simone Muench assigned in class this weekend for the sonnet-esque inspiration for the structure of the poem. And I also have to accredit MasterWriter for also helping me organize the eight hundred different ideas that kept swimming through my head the entire time I was composing this piece. I hope everyone else enters the contest because it is just a fun idea to play around with. Hey if you “like” it that wouldn’t hurt my chances either. Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: Linda K Strahl is a transfer student from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, where she was studying Archaeology and minoring in Creative Writing. She came to Lewis University in Fall of 2010 to major in Creative Writing. After participating in the production of two plays at Phillip Lynch Theater she has become an enthusiastic dramaturg, and is contemplating a career as a researcher and playwriter.

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