Sturdy trunks, or: Through the trees

A Sijo she stumbled upon idyllic path one day, to great relief- stunning, straight, sure, surrounded by stern, steadfast, sturdy trunks; certain, she strode forward... behind her, her dears dispersed through the trees Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each… Continue reading Sturdy trunks, or: Through the trees

The Quadrenz, 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… Continue reading The Quadrenz, or: Creativity forms verses

Cultures, or: Colonies

A Tanka concrete jungle thrives arteries stream with cultures microorganisms teem busily from bugholes colonize shifting surface W3 poetry prompt This poem was written for Jaideep Khanduja's W3 prompt, which was: Urban Landscapes Form: Tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllables); Must include: The phrase “Concrete jungle” The poetic device of personification Goal: To bring attention to the beauty and complexities of urban landscapes… Continue reading Cultures, or: Colonies

Remaining, or: In between

Poetry Partners #164 An 'American Sentence' by Kaci Rigney Life begins and ends with a heartbeat, breathing and bleeding in between. Kaci Rigney: A 'Crystalline' by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ Decay's inevitability rattles venerable hollows. Grounded hope's for the remaining, rather than in dreams of remaining. Show faith in the collective present;… Continue reading Remaining, or: In between

Stops, or: Starts

An American sentence: Without a car, life is measured by the distances between bus stops. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading Stops, or: Starts

In yourself, or: In a better future

A 'Waltz Wave' por- tals ex- ist, my child; that, perhaps, is what I'd most like to impart to you while you yet perceive me as an au- thori- ty in your budding world - just - be- lieve. ‘What do you see’ Prompt #170 image credit: Sylvian Sarrailh @ Digiartque The 'waltz wave' poem… Continue reading In yourself, or: In a better future