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  1. oriole

    Hi Barry, I have to admit that often your writing confuses me and makes me hesitant to respond. You always serve up wonderful unique imagery. How it all fits together is sometimes a mystery to me. You seem to have been on an anti war theme in this and in another recent poem. But I could be totally off in my assessment, I'm made up of simpler stuff. Love the "bonsai sun of the oriole's yellow plumage" ~~Tink
  2. Diversion

    Diversion It's called life. A plan is made to live unafraid. It's called life A call, a need, something to read. It's called life Bills to pay Sometimes I play It's called life. A meal, a meet someone to greet It's called life The noise, the mess, Always a guess It's called life I work, I write maybe tonight ~Judi Van Gorder Written in response to a prompt to write about what keeps you from writing.
  3. The Poetic Line

    Nice addition Badge Thanks. Yes beginning and end words in the line have extreme importance. It always surprises me when modern poets end a line with "and". I see it all of the time. Your point of beginning with a trochee for balance makes total sense. Beginning with a trochee always commands attention on the first syllable. In To Read a Poem by Donald Hall, his first chapter is "Good Poems" and proceeds to explicate 3 poems, the first is Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. He spends a lot of time discussing word placement in the line and how the beginning and end lines are. Frost was a genius at it. ~~Tin
  4. Torc

    Until you asked, I had never thought to find out where in Wales they came from. They were Welsh Mormons who migrated to the USA and Utah because of religious persecution. Hundreds migrated I believe, my family came by ship in 1871. So you sent me on an internet search my great great grandmother Cecelia Griffiths is from Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales and her first born son Reese, also from Swansea. For some reason it lists my great great grandfather David Griffiths from Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales. My great-grandmother, Catherine Griffiths was the 2nd child of 9 total. Her older brother, Reese, was born in Wales, she was born on the way over here on the ship and the rest born in Helper Utah. She married William Grimes, also I believe, part of the Mormon migration from Wales but I couldn't find his name on the manifests or any Grimes for that matter. Thanks for asking Badge. Now I know more about my family. I actually remember my great grandparents, I particularly loved my great grandfather, we had a special connection. I was 6 when we were having a holiday dinner and grandpa Grimes was napping and didn't come down when it was getting close to meal time so I was sent up to wake him. I couldn't. When I came down and said he wouldn't wake up I was shoved in a corner with my little brother and told to keep him there with me. I remember the women crying and bustling about, then my dad took us home while Mama stayed with her family. That was 70 years ago but it is a vivid memory. ~~Tink
  5. The Poetic Line

    If the word is the cornerstone of poetry, the line is it's foundation. The line is the fundamental element of verse, the difference between verse and prose. Its purpose is to increase the density of the thought or image and give focus to the words. The line is written in many styles, patterns and meters. I recently discovered this article by Dana Gioia on the poetic line which prompted this blog. After reading it I realized I cannot improve on it. It says it all, I encourage you to read it. The Poetic Line . Dana Gioia is Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, an award winning poet and is currently the Poet Laureate of California. As a side note, indentation of the line and/or centering the poem on the page is at the poet's discretion. Indenting a line midway or at the end of a stanza can give emphasis to the line. Sometimes centering a poem can enhance the content by the visual positioning. However in my opinion, all too often centering a poem is used as a gimmick to distract from the lack of substance. It should compliment the content otherwise keep lines at left margin. For further information about some of the more common poetic lines you can also go to The Frame. ~~Tink
  6. armistice

    Interesting Barry, your juxtaposition between sound and sight mixing the two. I read this as being written by a soldier in the chaos of war. Unique and vivid images. ~~Tink
  7. A few Than Bauk scribbles

    I started playing with this form Than Bauk and ended up writing a few. #1 To hone your skill try a drill. Write and fill a page #2 Too many spills create bills, woes. Tests wills of men. #3 The harvest moon croons a tune low. Too soon the day #4 Thanks for the read filling a need new. A seed is sown. ~~ Tink
  8. Another Accuser

    Very funny Tony, yes I hope you are just kidding. I know there are some incidents that it is a woman who is the predator but I truly believe those are isolated. It is a power thing not really a sex thing, sex is just the tool. There are so many more men in power than women. When all of this stuff flooded the news it was easy to react with "all men are pigs" especially when so many women have been victims, highlighted by the "me too" campaign. But then I have to step back and think of all of the men who have been gentlemen, the men I trust with my life, the men I have a great deal of respect for. My husband, my son, my many male friends. Hot topics are always good fodder for those times when you need a subject to write about. ~~Tink
  9. My Morning Walk

    Thanks Badge, Yes weather is so unpredictable. Right now it is wet and cold and very much like winter. I imagine Wales has similar weather to us although you get snow, I believe, but it is rare for us to get more than a flurry that doesn't even stick to the ground. I loved your observation of the black bird. It is you keen sense of observation that make your poems so interesting. ~~Judi Thanks Tony, The Deten is kind of an easy form to work within. I think Dave at Writing.com is choosing weekly challenges that I haven't already written an example poem for. I keep writing. And what can I say, nature at its best surrounds me. The photo is from my front yard. Everything is getting overgrown. I just haven't had the energy to work out there. They say I should be getting my energy back in the next month then winter at it coldest and wettest will be here. By Spring I'll have a full fledged forest out there. ~~Judi
  10. Clubland

    Tony this was worth waiting for. I love the frame. It allows just enough room to make an impact. Not too long, not too short. Of course the whole thing rests on the first phrase of the poem, so important to establish the rhythm and tone in that repeated phrase. So well done. ~~Judi
  11. Monometrics technically means the practice of writing in lines of a single metric foot. The metric pattern, the number of lines, the rhyme or no rhyme are all at the discretion of the poet. I think I do I dance I love I write I am However at All Poetry, Walter E. Ferguson invented 3 forms he calls Monometric that either add or subtract or add and subtract a line in subsequent stanzas. The number of metric feet in the lines is at the discretion of the poet as long as all lines are of equal length. The metric pattern used is at the discretion of the poet as long as it is consistent within the line. Augmented Monometrics is the invented form that starts with a couplet and the next stanza adds a line to make a tercet, the next adds a line to become a quatrain, then next stanza adds another line to make a quintain and so on. The elements of Augmented Monometrics are: any number of stanzas at the discretion of the poet. The poem begins with a couplet, followed by a tercet, followed by a quatrain, and so on at the discretion of the poet. Each stanza gaining a line. metric, metric pattern and length are at the discretion of the poet as long as the pattern and length remains consistent throughout the poem. rhymed, rhyme scheme mono rhymed stanzas aa bbb cccc ddddd eeeeee etc. Diminishing Monometrics is the invented form that begins with a stanza that is one less line than the number of stanzas the poet chooses to write. Each subsequent stanza is diminished by a line until arriving at a concluding couplet. The elements of Diminishing Metrics are: any number of stanzas at the discretion of the poet. The poem begins with a stanza with 1 line more than the number of stanzas the poet chooses to write. Each subsequent stanza loses a line until ending in a concluding couplet. metric, metric pattern and length are at the discretion of the poet as long as the pattern and length remains consistent throughout the poem. rhymed, rhyme scheme mono rhymed stanzas aaaaaa bbbbb cccc ddd ee or aaaa bbb cc, depending on the number of stanzas the poet chooses to write. Reversed Monometrics is the invented form that either begins with diminishing the number of lines in a stanza until a couplet is reached and then increases the number of lines in the stanzas until the last stanza is the same number of lines in the first stanza or begins with a couplet and increases the lines in subsequent stanzas until the poem chooses to reverse and diminishes by the one the number of line until a couplet is reached. The elements are the same as above. Transitive Sonnet is an invented sonnet form created by Lawrence Eberhart that borrows the idea of Reversed Monometrics and fits it into a quatorzain. The elements of the Transitive Sonnet are; a quatorzain made up of a couplet, a tercet, a quatrain, a tercet, a couplet in that order. (Reversed Monometric stanzaic form). metric, lines range from iambic tetrameter to iambic pentameter, syllable count allowing for feminine rhyme. rhymed, mono-rhymed pattern aa bbb cccc bbb aa. The first 7 lines in bold must be true rhyme and the last 7 lines may be near or slant rhyme at the discretion of the poet. pivot at the discretion of the poet.
  12. Invented Sonnet Forms Found at Poet's Collective

    Teddybard Sonnet is an English Sonnet that "Teddybard" of All Poetry changed the rhyme scheme to aaaa bbcc ddee ff. Tennyson-Turner Sonnet is an English Sonnet that Charles Tennyson-Turner of All Poetry changed the rhyme scheme to abab cdcd effe fe. Tet Zayin Sonnet is technically not a sonnet at all. Created by Amera M. Andersen, tet zayin is the Hebrew number 16 which is the number of lines used. The elements of the Tet Zayin are: a poem in 16 lines made up of 4 quatrains. syllabic, S1 11 syllables each line, S2 9 syllables each line, S3 9 syllables each line, S4 11 syllables each line. or S1 11 syllables each line, S2 9 syllables each line, S3 11 syllables each line S4 9 syllables each line. rhymed, rhyme scheme Aabb bbcc ccdd ddaA, composed with a refrain, repeating L1 as L16. Tirrel Sonnet is an invented sonnet form by R.L. Leonard of All Poetry that has an envelope stanzaic pattern. The elements of the Tirrell Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of a couplet, a tercet, a quatrain, a tercet and a couplet, in that order. meter at the discretion of the poet. rhymed, rhyme scheme A1A2 bcb cddc bcb A2A1 pivot placement at the discretion of the poet. Tory Hexatet Sonnet is an invented sonnet form created by Victoria Sutton at All Poetry. This form centers the theme at the couplet which should be able to stand alone. The elements of the Tory Hexatet Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of an octave, a Complete Couplet and a quatrain in that order. syllabic, the octave, L1-L8 12 syllables each line, the couplet, L9-L10 8 syllables each and the quatrain L11-L14 12 syllables each. rhymed, rhyme scheme ababcdcd ee ffgg. pivot at the couplet. Tuckerman's Sonnet is an invented sonnet form found at Poet's Collective without credit to the creator. It is an Italian Sonnet with a different rhyme scheme, either abbabcab adeced or abbabcba bdeced.
  13. Another Accuser

    I know Badge. But I am encouraged this is finally happening. Many women, especially in a male dominated professions, have come up against some degree of inappropriate behavior. The "Me Too" campaign shows that. And yes Me Too. It can be very uncomfortable and even frightening. And abuse isn't exclusive to just female victims. ~~Tink
  14. Another Accuser

    Another Accuser "Me Too" victims abound! Powerful, rich men behaving badly, unseemly even. Bosses and CEOs, Powerful rich men behaving badly hidden in their den Newsmen and actors Powerful rich men behaving badly Should never happen. Yes, Politicians Powerful rich men behaving badly. Better men have been. Subordinates abused. Powerful rich men behaving badly It must stop, but when? ~~Judi Van Gorder Written in response to: Write a Seicinque
  15. Movies and Horses

    Movies and Horses Early on I fell in love with the majesty of horses and the allure of the movie cowboy. The dashing daring Errol Flynn The strong steady silent John Wayne I couldn't wait to grow up to have my own horses. Married myself a cowboy some say, an Errol Flynn Raised our son to be a good man most say, a John Wayne Movies and horses were my loves My loves became my life. ~~~ Judi Van Gorder Written in response to a challenge to write a poem between 10 and 15 lines about a favorite pastime.

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