DEC 09 Firsthand Experience: Responsive Poetry

Art begets art! 

Spontaneity, individual expression, and emotion are key elements of the visual art featured in the special exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, as well as in the work of poets. 

D.C.-based poet Danielle Badra shares her experience writing poetry in direct response to a variety of art forms. This workshop provides the tools and time for participants to stretch their poetic muscles and use the works on view in Magnetic Fields as the inspiration for their own written creations.

Participants will:

  • Explore poetry as an art form.
  • Find inspiration in Magnetic Fields.
  • Write original poems in response to abstract art. 
  • Share their work with workshop participants.
  • Take home their creations and a “studio to go.”

All levels of experience are welcome. This workshop is designed to instruct and engage audiences 13 and older. Materials, instruction, and inspiration will be provided.


Danielle Badra received her MFA in poetry at George Mason University. Her poems have appeared in Outlook Springs, 45th Parallel, The California Journal of Poetics, Bourgeon Online Journal, and The Greensboro Review. Dialogue with the Dead (Finishing Line Press, 2015) is her first chapbook, a collection of contrapuntal poems in dialogue with her deceased sister. Her manuscript Child of the Universe was a finalist for the 2017 Berkshire First Book Prize for Poetry from Tupelo Press.


Required. $25 general; $15 members, seniors, students.

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Magnetic Fields places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time, revealing the artists’ role as unrecognized leaders in abstraction.

National Museum of Women in the Arts