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.
V for Verso-Rhyme
Today we celebrate Israel's birth, A dream two thousand years in the making. Tearful Jewish prayers heard across Earth ~ t'wards & for our one home, unforsaken!
Israel's hearts ~ Rejoice We have come far Holding fast to our Faith Holding Honour Israel's voices ~ Sing Hymns of the Star Light bright candles for Peace Light Forever!
- a poem in 8 lines;
- syllabic, 6-4-6-4-6-4-6-4 syllables per line;
- rhyme, x/a/x/b/x/a/x/b, with ‘x’ being unrhymed;
- ends with an exclamation point!
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!
14 thoughts on “The Verso-Rhyme, or: Form verses creativity”
That you can hold such Jubilee to Israel’s glory
Is a celebration that many across the world cannot express in this way.
Two, one in Faith.
🎆 Abi 🎆
So beautiful and hail hail to Israel and your wonderful tribute! 💖💖
💜 Cindy 💜
What a great idea! I love the verses about Israel. Happy birthday amazing Israel!
🪅 thanks, Caroline 🪅
Oo, a new-to-me form! I think I’ll give it a go.
The short lines make the rhyming more challenging than expected!
The exclamation point is a nice touch. Happy Birthday! (K)
🎉 Kerfe 🎉
Happy birthday to Israel! I was unaware of this (it isn’t on my calendar thought we have Cinco de Mayo listed)… I like this form but find it to be a little difficult since my brain wants to rhyme every other line!
🎊 Muri 🎊