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 ‘U’, David created the ‘Updise’ form.
I. David’s Gogyōka
Would I could write poems all day; For each who makes a living by writing, Millions of others do not; Writing fundraising proposals Is what I do to survive.
II. David’s Gogyōka reversed
Is what I do to survive Writing fundraising proposals Millions of others do not For each who makes a living by writing Would I could write poems all day
III. David’s Updise
Is what I do to survive Somehow lacking? Writing fundraising proposals For social service programs brings meaning. Millions of people do not Daily get paid to do what they love. For each who makes a living by writing Is blessed by Lady Luck, n'est-ce pas? Would I could write poems all day To express my deep gratitude.
I. Sangeetha’s Gogyōka
As equations evade solutions Mind is drawn into a world of patterns Parsing perfect circles for clues As I scramble around the rules Geometry of the universe looms
II. Sangeetha’s Gogyōka reversed
Geometry of the universe looms As I scramble around the rules Parsing perfect circles for clues Mind drifting into a world of patterns As equations evade solutions
III. Sangeetha’s Updise
Geometry of the universe looms, Infinite thoughts and words tessellate; As I scramble around the rules, A poem begins to take shape; Parsing perfect circles for clues, Around each pause, a rhythm patiently waits; Mind drifting into a world of patterns, Picking and choosing, weaving a tale; As equations evade solutions, Boundaries dissolve...Behold! A new creation.
- Write a poem of five lines (a Gogyōka) about something that challenges you;
- Reverse the order of the lines of the poem you’ve written;
- Insert a new line immediately after every line from the original poem to turn the new poem into an encouraging, positive piece.
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)
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!
28 thoughts on “The Updise, or: Creativity forms verses”
💓🙏🏻 Stephanie 🙏🏻💓 ~ thanks!
💕🙏🏻 Henry 🙏🏻💕 ~ thank you
And I hope you take Colleen up on her book offer!
🤍🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻🤍 ~ we very well might!
I would love a copy myself.
I like poems that play with previously written poems. Good one. (K)
🤎🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻🤎 ~ that’s so you! Thanks!
This is such a complicated form, but you two make it look easy.
💜🙏🏻 Tanmay 🙏🏻💜 ~ it’s actually not so bad ~ give it a shot!
Love the to and fro
The upside down
This is a great style you have introduced
“Each line of Gogyohka consists of one phrase with a line-break after each phrase or breath.”
How does one manage this or even recognize it.
“As I scramble around the rules, A poem begins to take shape;”
Love how the masters break the rules
💞🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻💞 ~ thanks so very much
You are welcome David
A technical challenge
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make money from breathing through such beautiful lines
Thank you for sharing. I find this style interesting.
💖🙏🏻 Molly 🙏🏻💖
Thanks for introducing this new form to me 🙂
💝🙏🏻 Ange 🙏🏻💝 ~ no, thank you!
You two continue to hit home runs with these nonce forms and the poems you generated are outstanding! Perplexed by mathematics and writing proposals as drudgery turned into musing about the universe and making a difference in society/life… both worthy pursuits!
💕🙏🏻 Muri 🙏🏻💕 ~ thank you!
I love reading both of your work David you are both so very talented!
💓🙏🏻 Maggie 🙏🏻💓 ~ thanks so much!
How fun! Your poems make as much sense and even more so backward than forward. I’ll have to give it a try.
💞🙏🏻 Marsha 🙏🏻💞 ~ please share if you do!
You know I will! 🙂