Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org.
Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
|1.||Reena Saxena||7.||Jules||13.||Ruth Klein|
|3.||ben Alexander||9.||Yvette M Calleiro||15.||kittysverses|
|4.||Gwen Plano||10.||Goutam Dutta||16.||Margaret 21|
|5.||Balroop Singh||11.||Selma||17.||Mayuri Srivastava|
|6.||The Versesmith||12.||Annette Rochelle Aben||18.||You’re next!|
We’re almost at the end of our bathroom renovation. One more week… because of a cracked counter top which had to be replaced. By next weekend, we should be finished, fini, terminado, done!! I miss writing poetry! I am renovation’d out! It’s been a long year and a half of waiting for contractors, waiting for supplies, and waiting for it all to be over. If you’ve never done renovations, let me tell you, it’s messy, dirty, and hugely disruptive. We’re almost at the finish line!
Many thanks to all of you for writing syllabic poetry this week. I apologize for the time it took me to read and comment on your poems. On top of the renovations, we found another leak under the sink, and my Wi-Fi/computer had hiccups again! The plumber gets another call tomorrow, and I think I solved the issues with my Wi-Fi. Trouble shooting is a wonderful thing.
I want to thank Willow for providing the photo of the statue from St. Pancras station. Margaret, from FROM PYRENEES TO PENNINES shares more information about the statue and the station, which I found really interesting.
This statue inspired a wide range of poetry. I loved how everyone interpreted this piece of art differently. That’s important to your poetry and sharing what you see or feel is the whole idea behind Ekphrastic poetry.
Reena’s Blason poem really spoke to me. The form is interesting—a new form for me. Also, I detected some negative energy from the statue, as did a few other poets. (This was before I read Margaret’s informative post about the statue).
Reena’s poem is an excellent example of selecting the perfect form to portray the “spirit” of the statue.
“Blason is a genre of poetry committed to the praise or blame of something through the use of a series of images that support the theme. It is a variation of the ancient Catalogue Poem. From French heraldry, blason translates as “the codified description of a coat of arms” Originally French poet, Clement Marot, wrote a poem praising a woman by listing parts of her body with metaphors to compare with them. Parts of the female body became a recurring topic of the Blason and continues to be the focus, although other subjects could be adapted.
Although the concept of the Blason can be applied to any verse form such as the sonnet or Blank Verse, the Blason often takes the form of octosyllabic or decasyllabic verse that ends with an epigraphic conclusion.
The Blason is oftenBlason: poetscollective.org
• framed at the discretion of the poet, although lines are often syllabic, 8 or 10 syllables long.
• composed with a list of different images of the same thing with accompanying metaphors.
• written with a sharp conclusion.”
She raises her foot to meet his sharp gaze yet her trust fails to see the looming threat She fails to see the support underground people wish well, but fear the bayonet His manner spells danger, he’ll get his way pretends to kiss, wants to intimidate she has time to loosen his deathly grip jump out, be rescued rather than regret © Reena Saxena
This week, I’ve asked Reena Saxena to choose the photo prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your image (with credits) to me at least a week before the challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets
💜 August Specific Form: Yvette
💚 August Photo Prompt: Reena
💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony
See you tomorrow for the new challenge!
24 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 281 | #PhotoPrompt, #Ekphrastic”
Another new form! The blason is quite different from other forms I’ve been introduced to.
Same for me. It has much more specific parameters as far as the subject goes. It won’t work for all subject matter, but Reena saw something in that statue that was the perfect fit.
It’s always good to have these other forms in our writerly bag of tricks.
That’s why I like this challenge. It gives us a chance to try these forms out.
How interesting! The blason is a new one on me, but Reena’s contribution shows how powerful it could be. If I’d known about this form, I might have used it myself this time 😉 . Looking forward to seeing the image you choose, Reena!
The Blason was the perfect form for that statue. This was a fun challenge, and I didn’t get to write a single piece of poetry. LOL! 🤦🏼♀️
‘Do as I say, not as I do’, eh? 😉 I think you had a perfect excuse though!
LOL! This house renovation has a been a bugger! My hubby is disabled, so I step in and try to man the ship. Even with a contractor, I’m so worn out. LOL! We’re almost done… by next weekend, it should be finished.
Ooof! That IS exhausting. I’ll stop whinging about my current exhaustion levels caused by the resident 18 month old 😉
Reena’s poem is amazing and the blason is a very interesting form. Good for Reena to give it a test drive. Did you read where WP returned to its old pricing plans? Those in the Pro plan will be able keep it. 💖
Reena did a great job! I have not read that WP returned to the old pricing. Interesting… do you have the link to the article? I did away with my author blog because of the pricing!! Maybe I can do something about getting my author blog back again. Hmmmm…. Thanks for letting me know, Franci. ❤
Here is it is – https://wordpress.com/blog/2022/07/21/changes-to-our-pricing-plans/
Wow! I do not see sinister – I feel the anguish of leaving and possibly going off to war.
I’ve never seen the statue in real life, so I’m sure I’m reading something into the carved facial features.
I have never heard of the blason and have added it to the list of forms I have never heard of before!!!! Thank you, Colleen and all the brilliant stars that bring words alive through poetry.
Margaret sent me the post of where she found the form. The poet created it! https://fakeflamenco.com/2022/04/05/april-2022-poetry-challenge/. See how versatile these syllabic forms can be?
I am thinking that syllabic poetry is an open door to possibilities and uncharted pathways.
I sent you the link to the form that Margaret wrote. Sorry about that. You’re right! It’s the gateway to creativity! 😍🌈💜
Well what amazing poetry this week . Who knew that photo could unleash such varied reactions. Well done everyone and bravo Reena your blazon is a new form to me and so evocative! 💜
A terrific and unexpected interpretation of the image and I liked the format very much. thanks Colleen and Reena.
I loved Reena’s take and new form as well. It was fun to see all the perspectives poets took with this one. 🙂
Thanks to all the contributors, co-workers and their fantastic poetry. It again was a pleasure to read. Thanks also to you Colleen for these challenges keeping poetry alive. Best wishes, Michael
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