The Atoz, or: Creativity forms verses

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 continued their journey together; 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 they go through the alphabet once more but in their new series, for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), they would select not only a poetic form but also – a keyword for each poem.

Eventually, they completed their third series and decided to embark on a fourth towards the end of 2022. This time, taking turns, they would create their own poetic forms for every letter of the alphabet (A through Z), and exchange poems, as they’d done before.

For ‘A’, David created the ‘Atoz’ form.

A: Atoz

David’s Atoz

After Breakfast, I Call to my Daughter:
TimE's Flying! We've Got to get going now!
SHe resIsts my firm nudging JoKingly:
Let's Make browNies Or Pecan pie instead!
Quite the cleveR little raScal, this girl...
I'm quiTe AmUsed but also rather Vexed;
She Won't outfoX me this time- Not again!
Irked, I saY: you know Zebra cake's my fave!

Sangeetha’s Atoz

At aBout 9, my daughter CalleD
"Ma, your poEms are oF course alriGht
But tHe sIte needs a reJig y'Know
Let Me desigN yOur 'Mindfills' Page;
QuiRk it up a bit; Shift this to there;
Tweak the font, Up the Volume!"
This Wizard of mine used her eXpertise
And deftlY jaZzed up this very site. 


  • One stanza of 8 lines;
  • No word count; no syllable count; no required rhyme or rhythm;
  • Each line must include certain letters of the alphabet in a certain order, as follows:
    1. A, B, C, D,
    2. E, F, G,
    3. H, I, J, K,
    4. L, M, N, O, P,
    5. Q, R, S,
    6. T, U, V,
    7. W, X,
    8. Y, Z
  • These letters can be put anywhere in any word in their lines. They need not be the first letters of their words; and any word may contain more than one letter, as long as they remain in order;
  • The required letters must all be CAPITALIZED and bolded, regardless of where they fall;
  • All required letters must be in order in each line.
    • For example, if the first word in the first line is “bang”, only the “A” in “bang” would count for that line because the “B” must occur after the “A”.
    • On the other hand, if the first word in the first line is “about”, both the “A” and the “B” would count towards the requirements of the “Atoz” – because they are in the correct order.

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!

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