The provocation for the next issue of Burrow is: ‘What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of ekphrasis?’

Historically, ekphrastic poems were written in response to paintings. We would like to broaden this interpretation to include other art forms. Depending on the responder, this might include things like film, documentaries, fiction and nonfiction writing, music, dance and even sport as a form of performance art.

To contribute to Burrow:

  • in one email, send up to five poems responding to the provocation as an attachment in MS Word
  • include a short bio of between 50-100 words. Bios are written in the third person
  • Email your poems to Jillian and Phillip Hall by December 20 at:
  • at the bottom of each poem include a single paragraph essay that contextualises your poem for readers not familiar with contemporary poetics, here you can also acknowledge your fine/performing arts sources. Do not include images, but you can certainly attach a link to reproductions of artworks. For a model of what we want in this ‘essay’ see our poetics page or the poem in issue one, ‘A valetudinarian’s ‘crisis’ in a time of COVID19′

For more information about the work we publish and how it should be presented please take a look at our poetics and at the poems and bios of our first issue contributors.

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