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.
O for Ottava Rima
Sangeetha’s Ottava Rima
Dawn cracks open a golden yellow day Old fishing boats bob on ocean glitter City gulls squawk loudly over sea spray Tides draw on sands, a wavy white border Salt crusted driftwood stands guard on the bay Lost blue bottle, inside it, a letter... 'Dear Finder, Where is here and When is now? What's the world like? Did we survive somehow?'
David’s Ottava Rima
Of lofty ~ high-rises ~ remain only husks ~ Naught ~ left of even ~ the best-built skyscraper ~ On broken streets ~ thick weeds ~ heavy smell of musk ~ Once barren ~ due to ~ deathly ~ magic vapor ~ Survivors ~ now live ~ in benighted dusk ~ None alive ~ have known ~ any sheet of paper ~ A child ~ in deerskin ~ spurts towards shaman’s tent ~ Clutching timeworn bottle ~ fearing dark portent ~
- written in 8-line octaves;
- each line is of a 10 or 11 syllable count;
- rhyme pattern:
- one octave poem: abababcc
- two octave poem: abababcc, dededeff
- three octave poem: abababcc, dededeff, ghghghii
Sangeetha & David’s ‘Form verses creativity’
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!