Poetry Challenge

One thing I love about poetry is the way you look at words differently. I won’t call myself a poet. I don’t spend nearly enough time on it for that. I know little about forms. Meter and rhyme mostly serve to frustrate me.

But I read this op-ed, and I was thinking. I know some poets. They have beautiful words to share. One thing about those writer groups where you go and take something to read out loud – poetry is perfect for that medium. It’s also easy to print out 20 copies of a poem to share so they can find typos or anything else.

A friend of mine is running a poetry challenge this month, and every day we’re writing a poem. The challenge comes in finding something to say about the prompt – yesterday was Celestial Musings – and not using any of the forbidden words while using all of the required words and it was the first day we had the option of finding a form (any form).

I find it very intimidating to go find a form and just use it. I like it when someone tells me to try a pantoum or a tanka or a jozzonet. There are so many forms out there I’ve never heard of and I’m not sure where to go find them.

When the month is over and I have 30 new poems – because I’m not the kind of person who backs away from a challenge – I’m going back to my novel edits. I’m doing it to look at the words differently. To change how I see them in my head. To alter how they come out while I’m describing things. Wish me luck. I have 17 down and 13 to go.

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3 Comments

  1. 18 June 2014 at 08:59

    Go you! There’s a collection of poetry forms somewhere on WDC. I will find it for you later.

  2. ransomnoble said,

    18 June 2014 at 12:29

    Thanks! I think I’ve seen it, but I haven’t found one that links them by repetitive lines or rhyme and meter or things like that.

  3. rebkreyling said,

    25 June 2014 at 15:03

    This is so awesome! Go you! I know you’ve been very diligent about working on this and I think it’s fabulous!


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