The EX, 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 ‘E’, David created the ‘EX’ form.


E: EX

David’s EX

Vexed by poetry complex;
What's next? It's so perplexing!
My eye checks the specs again;
In some respects, it's worth it...
Skill's apex reflects practice!
Mind flexes and rejects doubts;
Treks lingual? Worthy projects!

Sangeetha’s EX

Wit or without, words do fit
Be it whole or in between
Verse or Ditty, written right,
Poetry, it tessellates
Deftly, bit by bit, bridging
Acuity, and verity.
Sit here. Read. Write. Benefit.

EX?

  • 7 lines;
  • 7 syllables per line;
  • Centered;
  • Rhyme scheme looks like an “X”:
    • axxxxxa
      xaxxxax
      xxaxaxx
      xxxaxxx
      xxaxaxx
      xaxxxax
      axxxxxa


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!

15 thoughts on “The EX, or: Creativity forms verses”

  1. I am so very impressed! I loved to read this and the internal rhymes made my head spin… Definitely a fun form when read aloud but I’m not attempting this one!!

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