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 ‘Z’, Sangeetha selected the ‘Zip’ form and the keyword ‘Zip’.
Zipper the Brave grits its teeth I hold my breath It holds my pride
my child's learned to pull the fabric taut when she zips her jacket
- Syllabic: A haiku of 15 syllables, presented over two lines;
- Caesura: Each line contains one internal caesura, represented by a double space.
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!
14 thoughts on “The Zip, or: Creativity verses form”
A new form to me! I really loved Sangeetha’s playfulness in this poem. Yours has a gentleness to it that works well with this form!
🖤🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻🖤
Your poem reminds me of William Carlos Williams. Which is wonderful. Nicely done (to you both) David!
💗🙏🏻 Kincaid 🙏🏻💗
here here… a zippy poem i must say. Nice D & S! ❣️
🤍🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻🤍
Zipping a jacket is a great life skill.
💗🙏🏻 Molly 🙏🏻💗 ~ right!?
You’re at Z?! What will you do now, start over?
Brandon, well, this is the second time we’ve reached ‘Z’!
here’s our first ‘Z’ –
We’ve yet to decide for sure what we’ll do next 🙂
Loved them! I like that form too.