Over at dVerse Poets' Pub Vandana Sharma has introduced us to a for called Pleiades. It is a seven line poem with each line beginning with the
same letter as the title and having six syllables in each line. The title must
be of one word only. Follow the link for more.
The trick thereafter
is in deciding how many of these stanzas you want to use. There are several described, and I chose one called Triquain
Swirl. This is created by joining the stanzas together on the seventh line,
eliminating the second 3 syllable line and the space between stanzas. The
finished stanza will stand at 13 lines and may be repeated thereafter.
Also, one can include an element
of repetition in the Swirl by taking a 3 syllable word or
phrase from one of the longer lines and using it as the final 3 syllable line
of the stanza or at the bridge of the swirl.
This is about the "publife and community" for dVerse. I am much too late to link up there, but you should still go there and check out some great writing. I had the good fortune to meet up with two writing, cyber-freinds when I travelled to the UK last year. The amazing Shan Ellis and Julie Watkins are pictured here with me and the non-writing, but still delightful Lori McLaughlin. And yes, a good time was had by all!
Over at dVerse Grace asked us to share a part of our family history. I ended up writing about my brother, Johnny, who was born with Down Syndrome, and died 22 months later from several congenital heart
defects that often accompany it. I
thought my mom said he had three separate ones, but I can only remember Atrioventricular
Septal Defect (AVSD) and Tetralogy of Fallot. Both my parents have died, so I really have no one left to ask.
1. Who are you and whom do you love? That's what MarinaSofia asked us at dVerse.
I love my family and friends, of course,
and I love things unseen, spirits and souls, Creator
I love trees and flowers, oceans,
skies, rocks and autumn,
new snow – but not in March,
fresh spring mornings
sunsets and sunrises all year long.
I love horses, dogs, cats,
and my particular dogs and cats,
Otis, Rusty, Emma, Maggie, Chevy, Lars, Dante,
and all the others.
(Yes, I know I didn't list the people. Don't read too much into that)
I love elephants,
just about all mammals,
lovely snakes and reptiles,
and flying and travel,
drawing and painting,
music – but not all music,
the smell of fresh bread, cinnamon, lilacs,
and also liquid
and ethereal things.
I love the smell of new, clean babies.
I love stars
and I love the blue-black night
that surrounds them,
and I love the moon especially.
And I love tiny frogs and fireflies,
and laying on a big, flat rock after dark
on a cool summer night
and feeling the warmth radiating from it,
warming me though.
I love the smell of wood smoke,
the feel of flannel against my skin,
and silk for that matter.
I love the way little children draw,
before they have been taught
that drawing is hard.
And I love riding very fast
on a strong, dark horse,
the feel of the reins in my hands,
saddle leather against my legs,
motion beneath me.
And I love baths,
very warm steamy baths.
I love Sunday mornings
in bed with strong coffee
newspaper pages scattered
across the bed,
sun streaming in.
I love the blues and greens of the ocean,
and color…vivid, soft, psychedelic, muted,
and black and white,
and form and line and shadows…
I love shadows.
And I love very cold beer,
and dry red wine
and silver earrings
and “I am not really a waitress” nail polish,
I do love men.
and men in kilts,
and men in bowties,
because bowties are cool.
I love umbrellas – red umbrellas,
and rain and thunder and lightning…
I love starting.
I love books and reading and writing
I am in love with words.
And trains… I love trains,
and toast, and dragons and…
Well, I've sort of gone off the rails here, haven't I? I can’t seem to get past who and what I love in
the questions of identity. There is just
so very much cool and lovable stuff in this amazing universe! And I love that you've read this, even though it's not exactly a poem but more of a list.
Thank you to Beth Winter who invited
me to participate in this blog hop about the writing process. Her blog hop post
is available on Eclipsing Winter. She published this on April 28th and I was supposed to
follow suit the Monday after. However, the dog ate my homework, etc. and here I am, fashionably late, as I tend to be.
Beth Winter writes poetry, prose and anything else her itchy pen decides to scratch. A self-taught poet, she has written nearly 800 poems, nearly as many hournals and has possibilities piled around her. She lives and works in the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills. She maintains a website called Eclipsing Winter where you can read more of her work.
My Writing Process
Question 1) What am I working on?
finished doing the April poem a day challenge.
This is the second year I have attempted it and the first year I
succeeded in 30 poems in 30 days (though exactly not one each day). That means now I’m editing poetry! I am also putting together a book of poetry,
the contents of which change each time I take a fresh look at it. I am also (at least in theory) working on a
novel I started two NaPoWriMo’s ago, which somehow morphed into 2/3’s of two completely unrelated books. I am
also editing a sci-fi / fantasy book for a friend. And I
collect quotes. It’s an ongoing thing
that I do for myself.
Question 2) How does my work differ from others
of its genre?
really don’t know how to answer this. I
write in both free and formal verse. In
general, my poetry tends to be short, like my attention span. (laugh now) I
think it’s generally quite accessible. I
like to have a punch or a twist, something poignant, unexpected or
funny…sometimes darkly funny. I frequently like to use science metaphors and
similes, but actually I never met-a-phor I didn’t like. And did I mention I love bad puns and
wordplay in general?
Question 3) Why do I write what I do?
several reasons for writing. Sometimes I write to help order my thoughts,
sometimes to express my thoughts and feelings.
Sometimes, though not often I write in response to current events. Other times a word or phrase strikes me, and
it becomes the kernel of a poem. In fact
I have a word document called “snippets” where I keep those words and phrases,
and I revisit this when from time to time for writing ideas. And, I take poetic license with everything I
write, which is why I don’t do non-fiction.
4) How does my writing process work?
I am not normally able to produce a poem a day – April was pretty stressful for me. Some days writing goes quickly and easily,
but most days it doesn’t. And I have
some problems both getting into a writing mindset, and also functioning in
everyday life. This means some days I
put my muse on hold - but not as often as she ditches me! But the more I write, the more often I get those moments when I need to drop everything and write down a line, idea or poem. Generally I try to spend time early in the
morning with my coffee and my little dog, Otis, and my laptop.I have a spot in the enclosed porch full of
windows looking out at some beautiful countryside.My other best time of day is in the
evenings…real life tends to go in between. As for each piece, I can spend anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours on it a first draft. After that I fiddle with it for a bit, publish it on my blog too soon. And after awhile I reread, perhaps a month's worth, and revisit the ones I still like. I think writing both drives me crazy and keeps me sane. There are so many great quotes about writing, so in closing I'll share one of my favorites with you"
"Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence." -Alice Walker
Please take time to visit Ginny Karpinski Brannan at her blog Inside Out Poetry, a talented poet and good friend.
New England country girl at heart, Ginny Brannan resides in Massachusetts with
her husband, son and two cats. Encouraged by her best friend, she started
writing poetry in 2009. She enjoys writing both form and free verse. She has
been published in The River Muse —Art and
Literary Journal Edition 1 Vol. 31; The dVerst Poet's Anthology; and is
currently awaiting publication of one of her poems in Journey of the Heart: An Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetrydue for releaseSummer 2014.
Check out Magpie Tales by Tess Kincaid for more responses to the image, or add your own. Image by Martin Stranka. This is also linked to IGRT open link night. Go there to read a variety of wonderful poems by some fabulous toads.
The triolet is a short poem of eight lines with only two
rhymes used throughout. The requirements are
straightforward: the first line is repeated in the fourth and seventh lines;
the second line is repeated in the final line; and only the first two end-words
are used to complete the tight rhyme scheme. Thus, the poet writes only five
original lines, giving the triolet a deceptively simple appearance: ABaAabAB,
where capital letters indicate repeated lines. Also, ideally the lines should be iambic tetrameter, but I am rather rusty at this form, and played a bit loose with this. :o)