Hello from snowy Michigan!
What a tremendous success our first poetry challenge of 2021 was! Bravo to those of you who tried a new form and taught us how to create it! Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
|3.||Tina Stewart Brakebill||12.||D. L. Finn||21.||Vashti Quiroz- Vega|
|4.||Dave Madden||13.||s. s.||22.||Marsha Ingrao|
|5.||Jules||14.||anita dawes||23.||M J Mallon|
|6.||Ritu Bhathal||15.||Jude||24.||Kerfe Roig|
Kerfe Roig’s poem, “Renderings,” using the Badger Hexastitch form caught my attention. This form is syllabic and written in six lines with a 2/4/6/6/4/2 structure. It is unrhymed with optional rising and falling end-words, which I think is an interesting twist.
I re- turn to the earth reflected as shadow– silhouette echoing the places I have been ©2021 Kerfe Roig
The optional rising and falling end-words often refer to the intonation or rhythm of speech. I also believe from the examples that the rising and falling end-words often end in “ing,” but not always. (See the second poem below). This is a made up form and sometimes that makes it difficult to understand what the creator intended.
Another explanation for the rising and falling end-words could be simply writing a definite beginning and end where everyone can interpret the meaning, like in the third poem below. Kerfe used a similar interpretation, beginning with “I re-” [return] and ending with “have been.”
Or, the rising and falling end-words could be opposites, like in the first poem below:
"Growing" Fall down consider tears-- crawl to where grandpa sits grab onto grandpa's leg grin like a fox-- stand up © Lawrencealot - February 16, 2014
reading, rooted in mind, not tasting ripe berries, the oozing summer scent, window open, waiting ~~Phil Wood
First flight, small granddaughter visits Grandma with Dad, Mom, brother and sisters in soccer play-offs back home. --Judi Van Gorder
This is a fun form to experiment with. The syllable count has a pleasant rhythm. This year, Word Crafters, we will have a list of optional forms to choose from, including the twelve forms we’ve been using for the last few years. I’ll add the Badger Hexastitch to that list, which I will publish soon.
See you tomorrow for Tanka Tuesday!