Day Fifteen. We're at the tipping point, the proverbial hump! Or, using the roller coaster theme from yesterday's blog post, it's all downhill from here and the real fun parts are just getting going!
Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo prompt: "Today, I challenge you to write a poem that addresses itself or some aspect of its self (i.e. 'Dear Poem,' or 'what are my quatrains up to?'; 'Couplet, come with me
Robert Lee Brewer's PAD suggestion: "For today's prompt, pick an adjective, make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. If you're feeling stuck on this one, go back through your poems earlier this month and find adjectives you used — if any. Or crack open a dictionary. Or scan other poems for ideas."
At first, these two prompts didn't really work for me. But all month I've been trying really hard to use both prompts each day; I've quietly committed to myself that I will not deviate from the prompts. After putting the prompts on back burner for several hours, it occurred to me that the hay(na)ku sonnet, a form I created, might be worth writing to. And of course, as you can see by the title of the blog, the adjective blue was a foregone conclusion.
A little set-up. The hay(na)ku is a form the Filipino American poet Eileen Tabios invented: a tercet with one word in the first line, two in the next, and three in the last. A deceptively easy form, it is most challenging and also most rewarding when one tries to get good, productive line breaks, rather than simply breaking up groups of six words into three lines.Here's my poem combining the PAD adjective prompt with the NaPoWriMo "speak to your poem" prompt.
Here's Alan's intro for his poem today: "I would like to find the person who decided that the busiest month of the academic year needed to be the month of celebrating poetry by writing a poem every day. I have something to say to that person."
Alan, you can blame someone (or more likely, several someones) at the Academy of American Poets, which established National Poetry Month in 1996. It's modeled after Black History Month and Women's History Month, and it occurs in April because those other celebrations were in the preceding months of February and March. You can also blame the Academy of American Poets for the idea of writing a poem every day during April; the Academy established Poem-a-Day in 2006.
Friends, here's Alan's poem for today regarding this topic.
Wow, Alan. Double wow. Alan's using a now-little-known form called the Burns stanza, a sestet with the rhyme scheme aaabab, where the b lines are shorter. But that's not all. Alan has also interlocked his rhymes. The second rhyming sound of the first stanza (-aught) becomes the first rhyming sound of the next or second stanza. Then the second rhyme of that stanza (-ooo) is the first rhyme of the next or third stanza. The pattern continues like this throughout. At the end, the second rhyme of the last stanza (-orm) comes full circle because it was the first rhyme of the first stanza. Triple wow.
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Ingat, everyone. ヅ
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