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.
X (wildcard): Lira
Set self as your intention Weave doing through being in personal ways Grant all care and attention Scattered puzzle pieces lie throughout your days Weave doing through being in personal ways
Reach within, you'll discover You are infinity wrapped in precious light In each intention, stay pure Be true to yourself, shine bright You are infinity wrapped in precious light
- stanzaic: popularly written in one or a short number of cinquains;
- syllabic: the lines are usually in a fixed pattern of Italianate lines, (7 and 11 syllables). The last line of the stanza is always 11 syllables. The first stanza establishes the fixed pattern;
- often written with L2 repeated as L5;
- rhymed, often using only consonant rhyme. The most common rhyme scheme is aBabB.
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!
20 thoughts on “The Lira, or: Form verses creativity”
There is no limit to writers’ creativity, and this is a perfect example. What a great show of determination and love for writing. ❤❤
💘 Lamittan 💘
You’re both so gifted. It was a delight to behold the interwoven tapestry of two great poetic minds. 🌷
❤ Abi ❤ ~ thank you so much!
All the best to you, always. Your passion for the written word and your word artistry is your light. 🧡
‘Weave doing through being’ is a great line.
❤ Dolly ❤ ~ thank you
Both lovely. (K)
❤ Thanks, Kerfe! ❤
A Song of David and Sangeetha
Leaning into one another
Mastering what they do.
Weave doing through being in personal ways🙏🏼
❤ ❤ ❤ Abi ❤ ❤ ❤
you both shine brightly with interwoven puzzle pieces David and Sangeetha! 💖💖
❤ Thanks so much, Cindy ❤
💖 You’re so welcome David. 💖
I love that: “Weave doing through being.” And the reverse as well. Might need to borrow that, David.
❤ George ❤ ~ thanks, Friend!
This looks like a lovely collaboration. ❤
❤ LaDonna ❤ ~ thanks so much!