Day Eight. Playing more with fractions and percentages, remember how yesterday we weren't quite at 1/4th of the month gone? It was 23%, actually. Well, today we exceeded 1/4. Today 27% of National Poetry Month is gone . . . but that means we still have 73% left. Lots of poetry yet to come. Keep writing, friends.
Maureen Thorson's NaPoWriMo prompt: "I challenge you to write a palinode. And what’s that? It’s a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem.
Robert Lee Brewer's PAD prompt: "write a dare poem. This poem could be written as a dare to someone. It could make a daring proclamation. It could involve a dare that someone has accepted
Today, I'm merging the prompts with a meditation on palinodes and dares. And working from a comment that reader vstefani, a former colleague, left on yesterday's blog post. To get some order into this surmisal, I'm using haiku stanzas, in form but not in substance. You could think of them as 5-7-5 bottles I'm filling with language, always striving for productive line breaks.
Here's the good Doctor Holmes's intro today: "I took on the task of combining two poetry prompts again today. The first is to write a palinode, which, in spite of its looking as if it is supposed to be a dumb poem that sounds as if it were written by a former candidate for vice president, is actually a poem that refutes an assertion made by another poem. So, for example, if one were to write a love sonnet that asserts that the beloved is not, in fact, "more temperate and beautiful" than a summer's day, that would suit the definition.
"My other prompt was to write a dare poem, and this poem today includes the action of a dare in it. I am returning to the idea of what would happen if Emily Dickinson were to offer versions of works by other poets. I hope that you all enjoy this one."
[Beneath the fantail sheet she lies]
Ah, very nicely done. I won't reveal who the other poet is, but if you need another hint, gentle readers
Vince: Alan, I'm fascinated by these Dickinson re-visionings you're doing. I think it's something new. I've never seen this approach to poetry writing before. Can you say more about what you were trying to do here?Friends, won't you comment, please? Love to know what you're thinking. To comment, look for a red line below that starts Posted by, then click once on the word comments in that line. If you don't find the word "comments" in that line, then look for a blue link below that says Post a comment and click it once. Thanks!
Ingat, everyone. ヅ
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