The Disquieting Muses: An Evening of Poetry Inspired by de Chirico

In a celebration of National Poetry Month, join the Civitella Ranieri Foundation on Monday, April 10 for a special evening of ekphraistic poetry* inspired by Giorgio de Chirico, subject of the current exhibition at the Center for Italian Modern Art. De Chirico's painting Le Muse Inquietanti (The Disquieting Muses) of 1918, in particular -- now on view at CIMA -- inspired works by both Sylvia Plath and Mark Strand.

Poet Mark Wunderlich will read Sylvia Plath's poems inspired by de Chirico's paintings as well as new work composed for the occasion. Jessica Strand will read Mark Strand's poems inspired by de Chirico and speak of the role of art in her late father's work. And poets Michael Dumanis and Mary Jo Bang will also read work inspired by de Chirico's paintings. 

*ekphrastic poetry is writing created in response to works of art. 

Presented in collaboration with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and with the generous support of the Maurice English Poetry Award. Free and open to the public; RSVP required. You can find out more here, and RSVP on