Sangeetha & David’s new poetry project
Once upon a time, two poets who’d never met in person began writing verses back and forth over the Internet. Their first project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin.
Once they’d completed their first oeuvre, they decided to continue their journey together; and Sangeetha came up with a fun idea. Beginning in January ’22, they took turns selecting poetic forms beginning with the letters of the alphabet (A through Z) and wrote poems to one another using those forms.
Upon completing that second project, Sangeetha suggested that they go through the alphabet once more, this time with an addition twist… In their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), the two would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.
For ‘B’, Sangeetha selected the ‘Bragi’ form and the keyword ‘Books’.
On our first-ever attempt to compose bragis, we misread the instructions for this particular poetic form… Both of our respective 1st stanzas were syllabically correct (6/8/10/10/8/6); but we failed to note that the 2nd bragi stanza should be: 10/8/6/6/8/10…
As such, we have both rewritten the 2nd stanzas of our respective bragis with the correct syllable count! Our original, beautifully flawed bragis can be found HERE.
I sit under a tree turning pages yellowed with time wandering worlds, witnessing histories finding clues, unraveling mysteries devouring sounds from every line my book writes just for me Imagination weaves wondrous stories Casting magic spells sublime I leaf through, flowing free I find I forget I am me One leaf falls; one turns on its spine Books ~ May their incredible tribe increase
Diving behind my desk, I would swim in books during class; Caught in a boy's fancies' opalescence; Captivated by tangled plot twists tense And each tortured, knotty impasse With vile evils grotesque. Though most of my teachers took great offense At perceived impudence and sass, Magic scrolls arabesque... Swashbucklers picaresque... These consumed the days of my past ~ And have enchanted me through decades hence.
- The bragi is stanzaic, written in 2 sixains. (12 lines);
- Syllabic: 6/8/10/10/8/6 // 10/8/6/6/8/10 syllables per line;
- Rhymed: rhyme scheme abccba cbaabc. (abccbacbaabc)
Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity verses form’
- The Alliterisen (#alternatives)
- The Bragi (#books) [1st attempt]
- The Bragi (#books) [correct]
- The Cadae (#crisis)
- The Dodoitsu (#desire)
- The Emmett (#elves)
- The Fold (#friend)
- The Golda (#gravity)
- The Harrisham (#hope)
- The Inverted Refrain (#imagination)
- The Jram (#jubilee)
- The Kōel (#kismet)
- The Lai (#love)
- The Monometric (#motivation)
- The Nove Otto (#night)
- The Ovillejo (#origins)
- The Purely Hopeful (#poetry)
- The Quatern (#quiet)
- The Raay (#roots)
- The Septanelle (#smiles)
- The Trianglet (#time)
- The Ukiah (#underwear)
- The Violette (#vintage)
- The Whyquain (#wisdom)
- X (wildcard): The Eight-ette (#excuse)
- The Ya Hoo (#yes)
- The Zip (#zip)
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!
24 thoughts on “The Bragi (redux), or: Creativity verses form”
finding clues, unraveling mysteries- I liked this sentence of Sangeetha and
Diving behind my desk,
I would swim in books during class;
– yours. Lovely form (bragi)
You make time from the busy schedule, which I can’t do. I become tense and then can’t write.
🥰 Jane 🥰
Thank you so much, David ❤️
And both rewrites keep the original theme and ultimately the flavor and intent of the first poems!! Bravo!
💕 Muri 💕
I love how you experiment with poetry forms. Both these poems sing to me of the magic of books, warming me up with nostalgia.
💓 Rae 💓
Sangeetha’s really captures getting lost in a good book well!
🤎💚 Susan 🤎💚
Beautiful thoughts and form from you both..Love to see how each creative mind interprets the theme..Impressive🌹
❤️💛 Karima ❤️💛
Modern dance in text form
Bragi becomes you both. Such a blessing-:)
😃 not to bragi, but I think you’re right, Cindy
Hee hee it sure does-:)💕🙏🙉🙌🙉
I’m starting to quite enjoy the rhythm and energy of this particular Bragi style I must say David & Sangeetha. 👌😁👍After my 2 week break I would consider writing a poem in that format. 🤞😁
💗 Ken 💗
💝 Filipa 💝
I’m cant see the original one
The renovation looks good.
Love the revised edition and book binding.
Here’s the original, Abi ❤
Thank you POET, 😊 ❤
will read later, just watching a very English ceremony.
is it a tea ceremony 😉 ? (just kidding!)
😂😂, you are such a rascal…lol, not quite.