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 ‘K’, David created the ‘Keywyrd’ form.
True deceivers and heathens; every end throughout history decreed and arranged; direful truth effected; humanity huddled desperately at the edge; eternity's threshold devours all hope
- Keyword: D.E.A.T.H.
Endings rankle faith in goodness; inevitable gloom forebodes, eschewing reason; regret inches forward, gathering evidence; emotions, feelings, glum; reality, inconsolable I go feeble, remembering endings
- Keyword: G.R.I.E.F.
- Select a keyword with five distinct letters (no double letters);
- The Keywyrd poetic form has five lines;
- Each line has five words;
- Each of the five words in every line must begin with a different one of the letters that spell the keyword, but not necessarily in order;
- You cannot use your selected keyword or any form of it in the poem;
- The content of the poem should relate to your selected keyword without actually mentioning it.
Sangeetha & David’s ‘Creativity forms verses’
- The Atoz
- The Beyonder
- The Ckackackonance
- The DoReMiDo
- The EX
- The Fibonacci Sapta
- The Golden Drill
- The Helipad
- The Inetersperse
- The Juxtadecasec
- The Keywyrd
- The Ludo
- The Metanome
- The Numberhyme
- The O(c)tlier
- The Polymono
- The Quadrenz
- The Rainbow
- The Syllibole
- The Telegramophone
- The Updise
- The Verisimili~me
- The Wiggle Waggle
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)
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23 thoughts on “The Keywyrd, or: Creativity forms verses”
I love the idea of this form: Keywyrd
Let me try my hand at it while I wait for the Super Bowl to start on this cold, gray Sunday afternoon:
Given the art of play
Another Sunday runs on by
Mothers cheer their sons on
Everyone has a favorite team
Some leave elated, others disappointed
Jan, that’s a lovely poem, but it doesn’t follow the rules of the form…
Each of your five lines contains five words that start with different letters so it doesn’t work. For example, Line 1 has a word that begins with ‘G’, but no other line has any word that begins with ‘G’…
Wow! I thought it was challenging enough the way I understood it. Now this layer of difficulty really makes me admire your skill all the more!!
And I can see that you and Sangeetha are mixing things up, too – most impressive. G:)
😀 🖤 Graeme 🖤 😀 ~ that’s how we roll! Seriously, though, it’s a real blast!
❤️🙏🏻 Filipa 🙏🏻❤️
Very clever form, and both your poems are well done.
💛🙏🏻 Stephanie 🙏🏻💛
💜🙏🏻 Molly 🙏🏻💜
Brilliant work. We need to publish a book of all these new forms with instructions. 😀
💗🙏🏻 Colleen 🙏🏻💗
Why have you chosen these two themes for today?
Well, I didn’t choose Sangeetha’s theme… I think she was responding to my poem and my theme… And, for me personally, death is something I often think about, so it comes out in my poetry ❤
Knocked me out
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Very cool! This had me looking for an acrostic or end word but the reality is so much more clever!! I loved both of these ❤
💘 🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻 💘