INFORM POETS – LOOP POETRY

There are no restrictions on the number of stanzas in Loop Poetry, nor on the syllable count per line.

In each stanza, the last word of the first line becomes the first word of line two. The last word of line 2 becomes the first word of line 3. The last word of line 3 becomes the first word of line 4, etc.

Rhyme scheme: abcb.

There are variations to the loop form:

1. Exactly as above, but no rhyming.

or

2. One long stanza (no limit on number of lines). Last word/first word format maintained. No rhyming.

or

3. Couplets mixed with 4-line stanzas.

Last word/first word format maintained in stanzas, and may also be used in couplets if desired.

Rhyme scheme: ab, cc, defg, hh, ii, jklm, nn, oo.

WALT’S LOOP:

UNFORGETABLE LOVE (Variation #1)

I was born to wax poetic,
poetic words are meant to echo through hearts.
Hearts are receptive, welcoming such emotions,
emotional rhymes become exceptional remedies.

For an aching heart needs to heal,
healing and sealing all that that heart can hold.
Holding onto the memory of one love,
love becomes the glue that binds two hearts eternally.

But not lost in its embraces is this thought,
thoughts will be found residing forever,
forever in the mind of another one equally loved.
Loved ones gone are nary forgotten.

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2020

INFORM POET – PUN-KU

Today, we look back on a form created by a dear friend and mentor, Salvatore Buttaci. It had presented itself as a fun form and an addictive play with words. We honor Sal today by reviving his creation:

Here are the requirements for writing a Pun-ku.

(1) Unlike the haiku that allows for a less than strict adherence to the 17-syllable rule, the pun-ku must be exactly 17 syllables long.

(2) It contains only four (4) lines arranged syllabically as follows:

Line 1: 4 syllables
Line 2: 5 syllables
Line 3: 4 syllables
Line 4: 4 syllables

(3) As for the end-rhyme pattern, Lines 1 and 2 do not rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 do. Scheme: a-b-c-c

(4) The pun-ku must contain a pun on one or more of the words used in the poem. The subject matter deals with human nature, is light, humorous, or witty.

(5) The title of the pun-ku can only be one- or two-words long (or short).

WALT’S EXAMPLE:

DELOUSED

She’s had her fill.
She’s sent him packing.
And now the house
has been de-loused.

INFORM POET – TANKA

As we know, the Tanka is a Japanese poem of five lines. The first and third are composed of five syllables, and the other lines are written in seven. In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line, but in English and other languages, we usually divide the lines into the five syllabic units: 5-7-5-7-7. Write TWO different poems: one Japanese style (one straight line), and in the second divide the lines.

WALT’S WOJ-TANKA:

 

A GOOD SHEPARD

I walk with my sheep, it’s always just me and ewe. It is my firm belief, as I get to know my sheep, all my sheep will know me too!

 

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2019

 

INDECISION STREET

I stand in the road.
Up and down the street I peer.
Do I move forward
or return to where I’ve been?
Standing still would be a sin!

 

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2019

 

INFORM POET – BOKETTO

A while back, I heard about something called boketto. Boketto is a Japanese word that really doesn’t translate into English very well. But, the concept of Boketto is akin to staring at the sky or into the distance without a thought… Getting lost in one’s own self; removing the self from a place mentally. There is no regard to the past and no connection to the future. There is only THIS moment.

From this thought I’ve experimented with incorporating boketto into a poetic form and thus the Boketto was born. The Boketto can be a very personal poem, or can be one of a random observation.

The Boketto consists of two stanzas, One of five lines (30 syllables – 7,7,7,4,5) and a three line (17 syllables – two seven syllable lines and a three syllable line which becomes a refrain if a string of Boketto are written). It expresses a single moment in time!

A variation of the Boketto makes use of two (three) ancient Japanese forms, the Tanka and the Haiku (or Senryu). The moment of which you write will determine the choice. (Haiku – nature; Senryu – everything else).

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WALT’S BOKETTO:

FIND MY PEACE

A cacophony of sound
surrounds this place, surrounds me.
there is no escaping it.
I cannot think
with this distraction.

But as the silence arrives
I wrap it around myself,
find my peace.

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2019

INFORM POET – TANAGA

The Tanaga is a traditional Tagalog verse the locals call the “The Filipino Haiku.”  There are several varying versions of the formerly rigid form.

Traditionally, a Tanaga is 4 lines, each with seven syllables and written in an AAAA rhyme scheme. No title is presented.

The modern Tanaga may have a title (or not), quatrains with seven syllables per line. All Tanaga should feature the use of metaphors. The schemes for the Tanaga can use AABB CCDD… or ABBA CDDC… etc (or any combination rhyme) including no rhyme scheme.

Thanks to the syllable count and line limits,  Tanaga will try a poet’s resolve and skill.  And as they say in Buffalo … Trust the process!

 

  • To recap, the Tanaga is:
  • Generally untitled (But you may use one if is suits you and your poem)
  •  written in any number of quatrains.
  • a 7-7-7-7 scheme (7 syllables per line).
  • rhymed,  aaaa bbbb cccc etc. (the original configuration),  aabb ccdd etc or abba cddc etc., or any combination rhyme can be used in the modern presentation.
  • calls for the liberal use of metaphor (but we’ll forego that fact for now – there’s enough restrictions going on).

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WALT’S WOJTANAGA:

I sit listening to the wind,
that’s the way each day begins.
Some may think it is a crime
all because they know that I’m

here with my feet on the ground.
No thoughts become so profound,
that they mire my thinking,
and if my eyes are blinking,

it’s because I can see things
in all that poetry brings.
My words present like a song
and there is nothing that’s wrong

with these expressions of heart.
That’s the way these poems start,
devotion to emotion
without all the commotion.

In the quiet of the night,
everything I write feels right.
There is nothing I’ll rescind,
I sit listening to the wind.

© Walter J Wojtanik – 2018

INFORM POETS – ALPHABET (OR ABECEDARIAN)

Every so often, you need to go back to basics. So today we are dealing with the ABC of poems, the Alphabet or Abecedarian poem. There are many different ways to write an alphabet poem.

You can write a poem as a twenty-six word poem with each word starting with a different letter of the alphabet.  A technique for writing this type of poem is to lay out the alphabet ahead of time so you can quickly reference the letters used (or still in play!)

You can also do this consecutively through the alphabet:

A barbaric canopy divided elephant
flag givers high in jumping karate leg
mounts nevermind old pirate quarrels
registered self-employed tax-paying
units vacated wordlessly xylophonic
yesteryear zealots.

~ Example by Robert Lee Brewer of Writer’s Digest.com/Poetic Asides

Another method for alphabet poems is to go through the alphabet using the first letter of the first word for each line:

WALT’S ATTEMPT:

ETERNALLY EQUINE

Alabaster and roan, she was put down; a
broken fetlock blamed for the turn lame.
Certainly, a sad end for a once proud and
determined foal. She was a true beauty;
effervescent and ethereal.
Furlong after furlong, a strong
gait with the gallop of each
hoof striking a counterpoint to the crowd.
Indeed, now the odds were against her.
Jockeys would run her hard and fast,
keeping her on the track far
longer than she should have been.
Many years back, she was a champion, but
now in her later days, she was not.
Other trainers would have put her to
pasture, but where her legs failed, her spirit remained strong.
Question her determination, and she’d prove you wrong.
Rest would have helped her for sure, but
she knew she had one good race left in her.
Three quarters of the way around the track,
unknown to her owner, she fractured a leg.
Very few horses would have continued, but
winning her final race would reveal a true champion’s heart.
X-rays would verify the sad fact. After
years of racing, her fate was sealed. Outstanding in her field,
Zenotrope’s Zip found her rest in eternal pastures.

© Walter J. Wojtanik

Response to:
“Heaven For Horses” by Lew Sarett

Lastly, you can always flip the alphabet, too. That is, instead of going A to Z, you could write these pieces from Z to A. Give any of these a try!

 

INFORM POETS – QUADRILLE

A Quadrille was a popular dance in the 18th and 19th centuries, performed by four couples in a square formation representing the sides of the square. (Quad = four). While I’m not asking that you dance your way through this form, I am inviting you to write a Quarille.

A Quadrille is a poem that consists of 44 words, no more/no less. You could infuse meter or not. You could introduce rhyme, or not! As long as it is 44 words, you’re golden.

The Quadrille was introduced to me by our friends over at dVerse Poets Pub and is a regular feature there on alternate Mondays (with the Haibun)!

This Lewis Carroll poem is NOT a quadrille poem as described. It is more about the dance. It was just such a fun read, I included it here!

 

LQAlice

The Lobster-Quadrille

by Lewis Carroll

Will you walk a little faster?’ said a whiting to a snail,
‘There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle — will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

‘You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!’
But the snail replied ‘Too far, too far!’ and gave a look askance —
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

‘What matters it how far we go?’ his scaly friend replied.
‘There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France —
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?

 

Won’t you join the dance and write a Quadrille?

INTRODUCING POETIC BLOOMINGS (AGAIN)

So we are this close (fingers held an inch apart) to reigniting the poetic flamethrower known as POETIC BLOOMINGS. What began five years ago as a filler between PAD Challenges at Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer, POETIC BLOOMINGS met and exceeded Marie Elena Good’s and my expectations. After a tentative start, it had became a place where our poet/friends frequented to pose their poetry without pretense and stress. A gentle place akin to a fruitful garden where the beauty of words came to blossom and fully flourish. We’ve tried various forms and learned from each other in a very encouraging atmosphere. I must give a thank you to Patricia A. Hawkenson for being the spark for this re-boot. Early in this past April PAD challenge, she had lamented the absence of POETIC BLOOMINGS. I knew what she meant. Patricia did not intend to mean Creative Blooming or the rise from the ashes, Phoenix Rising. I know she meant this particular place. I agreed, I missed it too!

We are going back to the egg. Going old school. Back to basics. What does that mean? We will be returning to our “Sunday Seed” prompt as we had done before. We invite you to make prompt suggestions and we’ll try and oblige (and you’ll get the credit for it!) Wednesday will again be our exploration of form though the “INFORM POETS” series. We’ll be learning new configurations and  brush up on previously highlighted forms. Again, if you have a suggestion (or have created or have an idea for a new form) feel free to bounce it off of our poets. We’re here to help each other grow poetically and flourish as a poem writing community.

We will NOT be bringing back the Beautiful Bloom selections for a couple of reasons. Firstly (and most importantly) you are all incredibly talented poets. It had gotten to be quite a burden picking one or two poems that stood out when everyone could have been selected. It wasn’t fair to the judges to make that determination. Secondly, in a discussion with one of our poets (thanks Marilyn) it was a let down when you didn’t get the nod. It was just another rejection with which we as poets (writers) have to deal. There’s enough of that out there to bring it into this presumed peaceful place. No rejections here. Every seedling is a mighty oak in waiting. We all bloom beautifully. Let’s leave it at that!

The archive of all of your previous prompt responses can be found in the POETIC BLOOMINGS tab above the main title. There you will find the links for the INFORM POETS and INTERVIEWS for review. New INTERVIEWS or UPDATES will be included down the line. We will be aided in this venture by the very capable hands of Pearl Ketover Prilik. Pearl will host these casual chats and develop other projects for our poets to partake. Serving as a “Special Features Contributor”, this is Pearl’s first foray into the “Garden”. We welcome her and look forward to her contributions in this role she has accepted. The DAISY CHAIN and BOOK SHELF will both need to be updated. If your URL or blog title has changed, please let us know. Our e-mail address remains:

poeticbloomings@yahoo.com

You will notice two new tabs included. “OUR SUCCESS STORIES” is just what it sounds like… any successes you have poetically (publications, awards, journals or anthologies) can be trumpeted here. As always, we are all about celebrating poetry and our poetic family! Post as comments under this heading and we will make sure to help get the word out.

The other delineation is called “OTHER POETRY PLACES” and as well is self-explanatory. This is a list of links to other frequently visited poetry blogs. If you notice one is absent, please comment as such and we’ll add the link. At this time, I must thank Paula Wanken (another Special Contributor) for assembling this list and agreeing to maintain and update these sites. We’ll try to include the current prompts being offered  there as time allows.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank (with as much love implied) my co-conspirator here and in poetic circles everywhere, Marie Elena Good! Our dear Marie, an incredible daughter, wife, mother, nonna and all-around grand lady, gave me all her support and encouragement from the third day of our very first PAD back in 2009. Our rapport and bond has extended beyond these pages and our “Across the Lake Eerily” blog. We are connected eternally, as “family” should be. She has been and will remain the “Best friend I’ve never met” in perpetuity! And we’re not banishing her from this happy place. It is hoped that Marie will pop in to read and maybe  contribute as time and life allows you. Now she won’t have to be bothered by deadlines or timetables. Marie’s examples are ALWAYS welcome here. After all this is both of our creation. She belongs here! Thank you, Marie!

We have introduced of my new co-host at POETIC BLOOMINGS. Sara McNulty admits she can’t easily fill Marie’s shoes, but she isn’t expected to. My wish is to have this lady grow with the position (also as an administrator). We share a love for the poetic process and are always anxious to learn new things. I’ve met my match here in the imagination department where as I can be found traipsing through Oz and Bedford Falls, or as a Lost Boy in a hollowed out tree stump, this lady languishes “Through the Looking Glass” in an expressive (and impressive) “Wonderland” of her own making. She of the purple pen is our very own Alice.

With Mother’s Day this Sunday, we wish all mothers the happiest of days. You don’t need to worry about making time for poetry on this page, since your best living poems should be well within your reach. We will begin on Wednesday with our first INFORM POETS exploration in this wonderful word garden of ours. Happy poeming!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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POETIC BLOOMINGS: The best garden for verse!

*P.S. – The Facebook link is correct and active. I’m not sure why it is showing as an error.

 

 

INFORM POETS – HAY(NA)KU

Hay(na)ku is a poem written in 3-lines, with one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third. These are the only restrictions.

There are already some variations of this new poetic form. A reverse hay(na)ku flips the lines to three, two, and one word(s) for lines one, two, and three. Multiple hay(na)ku can be linked to form longer poems.

WALT’S EXAMPLE (LINKED HAY(NA)KU):

JOURNEY

Journey
into life.
See your future;

promising,
offering hope,
bringing you peace.

Fears
unfounded, unsure;
face them bravely.

Dream.
Your aspirations
guide your steps.

Start
moving forward.
Begin your journey!

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

 

WALT’S HAY(NA)KU:

I
am poet.
Could be verse!

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

 

WALT’S EXAMPLE (REVERSE HAY(NA)KU):

In the winter,
the earth
hibernates.

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

GRANADA CAMP FOR WAYWARD POETS – BACK TO NORMAL

July 31 – And so we return to our daily lives, refreshed and ready to resume where June had left us. What is the first thing you will do now that camp is over? Do you need a vacation from your vacation? What actually is normal? What is your normal? Write it.

We will be going back to our normal routine at Creative Bloomings as well. The Sunday Seed will be planted on August 2nd. The Inform Poets Wednesday feature will resume on August 6th. The Blooms will be chosen on Saturday. If anyone has not served as Guest Host and would like to take their turn (if you gratefully declined because you had plans when you were asked, please let me know) Otherwise, I’ll be flying solo from here on out until I figure the course to follow.

STAYING ON THE TRAIL

July 30 – “GOODBYE, FAREWELL AND AMEN”

July 29 – I DON’T WANT TO GO HOME

July 28 – IT’S A DAY

July 27 – BARREL OF MONKEYS

July 26 – THREE-LEGGED RACE

THANK YOU TO HANNAH GOSSELIN FOR HER CREATIVE BADGE FOR THE

CREATIVE BLOOMINGS CAMP GRANADA JULY P.A.D.

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