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.
R for Retrac
Project self-respect to folks you meet. You'll find most people treat you in a kind, good-natured way. So, tell yourself when you awake each day: “I’m not defined by what others might say; my own true self’s beyond okay! Since only my retreat Can bring defeat... can’t neglect Respect!”
Transcend Don't you bend To fit a mould Test what you have been told This is your movie. You're the star Go the whole distance, no matter how far Discover beyond your skin; Raise the bar Come alive, all of who you are Have the heart to be bold To show the world You don't bend. Transcend
- 12 lines;
- syllable Count: 2/3/4/6/8/10/10/8/6/4/3/2;
- rhyme scheme: a/a/b/b/c/c/c/c/b/b/a/a
Sangeetha & David’s ‘Form verses creativity’
- The Alouette
- The Balance
- The Candlelight
- The Dizain
- The Etheree
- The Florette
- The Ghazal
- The Hexaduad
- The Italian octave
- The Jue Ju
- The Kimo
- The Limerick
- The Marianne
- The Nocturna
- The Ottava Rima
- The Pathya Vat
- The Quintilla
- The Retrac
- The Sijo
- The Tritina
- The Ukiah
- The Verso-Rhyme
- The Waltz Wave
- X (wildcard): The Lira
- The YaDu
- The Zejel
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!
28 thoughts on “The Retrac, or: Form verses creativity”
Woohoo! What an uplifting post which inspires self – belief!
💚🙏🏻 Harshi 💚🙏🏻
Wow. Both match in their brilliance.
😘 Mat 😘
Not only are you two in sync with your poetry, you are a motivational team!
🤍 Michele 🤍
🤗 Lauren 🤗
A new form for me! These Retracs are pretty to look at, enjoyable to read and I’m guessing pretty fun to write!!
💞 Muri 💞
Another form with an excellent rhythm. Should be read aloud with musical accompaniment. (K)
💗 Kerfe 💗
I love the positivity of both poems, and the format is interesting both stylistically and visually. This is a fun installment of this collaborative series. Nicely done, Sangeetha and David. 🙂
😘 Mike 😘
Thank you both for the inspiring poems Sangeetha and David!. I enjoyed them very much. Cheers.
💝 Suzette 💝
wonderful form you two. The form is fabulous and the words are ones we really need right now. Thank you! 💖
😍 Cindy 😍
Magnificent, David and Sangeetha. I loved both of these poems very much. Stunning poetry, my friends. ❤️❤️
💜 Jeff 💜
✨🙏🏻✨ Veera ✨🙏🏻✨
The first is resplendent, and the second is transcendent. I love it!! <33 <33 xoxo :)) :))
❤ 🙂 You're sweet, Lia ❤ 🙂
It’s a beautiful and uplifting collab, David. I greatly admire it. 🙏🤗❤️