The Kimo, or: Form verses creativity

Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project

Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.

Once they’d completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun new idea, which David loved – to explore different poetic forms together, working through the Alphabet from ‘A’ to ‘Z’.

Every week, for twenty-six weeks beginning in January of the year 2022, they would take turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letter corresponding to that particular week (1=A, 2=B, etc., etc.) and write poems to one another using that form.

David suggested they call their new project ‘Form verses creativity’, and so it began.

K for Kimo

Sangeetha’s Kimo

winter's snowscape of twenty little feet
parent-meeting on parkbench 
~ lost pink mitten left out 

David’s Kimo

AK-47 in the corner
Kyiv complies with curfew
~ killed children in Ukraine


The Kimo is an Israeli version of the haiku.

  • no movement in the imagery;
  • a poem of 3 lines;
  • syllabic: 10/7/6;
  • unrhymed.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

16 thoughts on “The Kimo, or: Form verses creativity”

  1. Both are so effective. Sangeetha’s shows beauty in the mundane, while yours has gut-wrenching imagery. Combined, it’s such a shocking effect, almost like being awakened from a calm sleep by a loud noise and bolting upright in the dark, adrenaline pumping and instantly alert. You two have an incredible synergy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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