“Mario, what do you get when you cross an insomniac, an unwilling agnostic and a dyslexic?” “I give.” “You get someone who stays up all night torturing himself mentally over the question of whether or not there’s a dog.”–David Foster Wallace (1962 – 2008)
The Sabbath for Jews is twenty-five hours long. It keeps the Jews more than they keep it. A Jew, I try to maintain tradition, but not for any non-existent God. So, I don't write poetry and avoid making changes to the physical world on this weekly Day of rest, despite my finding more meaning in the verses I write than the nitty-gritty of Jewish rituals; usually, I can cope with it, but, sometimes, Shabbat is followed by another full-day holiday, and that comes out to an entire forty-nine hours away from my poetry writing, which, frankly, drives me crazy, and makes me feel resentful of the arbitrary restrictions I have come to find nearly meaningless, after years of exploring religious practice and hours of in-depth text study; once, I thought I wanted to become a rabbi. Ha! Dodged that bullet!
d’Verse: Meet the bar with dissonance
At d’Verse, writers were prompted to write poems employing dissonance, which is harder than we may think, as we naturally want to sound pleasant. If it helps, try to describe something unpleasant, to write off your anger, sorrow or angst.
A few ways to do this.
- Break up assonance by using all different vowels you could;
- Break up the meter, and make your poem stumble on two left feet;
- Use harsh consonants, putting some firework in your verse.
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!