Happy Poetry Friday!
In June, we Poetry 7, Poetry Sisters, Poetry Princesses (depending on what day you catch us) wrote “poems in the style of…”After much hemming and hawing and debating, we decided to each write a poem inspired by a specific e.e. cummings poem.
e.e. cummings scares me. He is illogical and rule-breaking. There are certain poems of his I love, but trying to write in his style? That’s like me putting on a red-carpet gown to go to the gas station. Just. Not. Me.
I decided to do my poem inspired by “Spring is like a perhaps hand.” I figured I would pick another season and try to use some of cummings’ structure and word-choice methods to frame my own poem.
I started out with summer, but you know what? I don’t really care for summer much, so the list of words I was brainstorming were quite negative. I decided to focus on my favorite season, fall, instead. Just a couple of months early:>) So, here’s what I ended up with.
And here I am reading it aloud:
We’re in the midst of setting up a Poetry Sisters Group on SoundCloud where we would share recordings of our poems. I’m not sure how many of us will be in there right away. We’re figuring this out as we go along:>)
Don’t forgot to read all the Poetry Sisters’ poems below–I’ll be adding links as soon as I have them. Here are their topics and first lines. Andi (I think) called our poems “echoes” of cummings’ poems. I love that. Some of us stayed very close to the original in form and word use and structure. Others of us went more for mood. But each poem is like a little flashlight shining in some way on our poetic little souls:>)
Tricia?(“hatred//is. and hope//is.“
Sara? (“in Just- / dusk when the world is shadow-“)
Kelly (“tortie and tabbie and tubbie and tom“)
Liz (“i liked you when you were curled within“)
Andi (“a wind has blown the rain away and blown”)
Tanita (“the saditty committee, whose lives”
Here are our previous collaborations:
|Mar 2015||Sestinas (Lord have mercy)|
|Feb 2015||Villanelles on hidden things|
|Jan 2015||Triolets on beginnings (And I posted an extra one here.)|
|Pre-2015||Villanelles, a crown sonnet, rondeau redoubles, and pantoums|
And for more Poetry Friday fun, visit Katie at The Logonauts (a new-to-me blog) for the Poetry Friday Roundup!