9:05 a.m. — Walnut Creek
Hello, everyone. I can’t believe that at the end of next week I head back to Atlanta. I’m not sure I got a whole lot of rest this summer, but it sure went fast.
Yes, given the title of the post, I am going to insist (I mean how often have I done that, hmmm? Humour me here.) that your poem be structured with a more formal structure than free verse.
Remember, this is summer camp. Pick a form you have wanted to try and haven’t because it feels intimidating. Go for it. You might be surprised. The result does not have to be perfect. You may make the decision to do a partial. That’s okay. The first ghazal I wrote, I didn’t worry about the interior rhyme. I saved that for my second ghazal. I have found that by focusing on one or two parts of a form, I feel less stressed in figuring out how it works.
Or, you may wish to try two or three different forms. Post them all. Tell us which one you think works best and why. You see the post title? Ultimately, what we write should be enhanced by how we write it. Whatever your topic is, you should be able to say why a particular form works with it.
I’m thinking it would be fun to write an imagistic poem and see what the difference is in a haiku, piku, shadorma, and cinquain form to convey the image. But that’s me. I am going to be happy with anything you write… whatever form.
Next Tuesday Tryouts, we will have a prompt to do with sound. Yay! So many possibilities.
Happy writing, all.