From Poets & Writers
Envision how your own life and work as a writer might be presented in an art museum, and write a lyric essay (or a poem, story, whatever…) about this hypothetical exhibit.
- What objects would be on display?
- Which emails or photographs would help tell your stories?
- Consider using different forms and conventions, such as lists and fragments.
“One Life: Sylvia Plath,” an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., features a selection of the poet’s manuscripts, journals, clothing, and other personal objects, including a typewriter and even a lock of her hair, as well as numerous pieces of Plath’s artwork: collages, drawings, self-portraits, and photographs. The museum also incorporates other types of art and interdisciplinary projects into its Plath programming, such as “I Am Vertical,” a dance performed in December in the museum’s courtyard, created by choreographer-in-residence Dana Tai Soon Burgess and named after one of Plath’s poems.