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October 30, 2007
So, two assignments this week, and this was my first attempt at writing a poem about something small seen so close up as to be huge. Whilst looking at a tree branch in extreme close-up, I was struck by the amazing resemblance to the gorgeous, overwrought fantasy enviroments from things like Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings, El Labirinto del Fauno and similar - so I thought, why not make a fantasy adventure? Sadly, it didn't come through, and I'm now of the opinion that it wasn't the right way to go about the premise.
The structure I was going for here was an attempt to constrain myself, but I don't think its particularly interesting or worthwhile. The basic premise is that the word that ends the first line and the third of each stanza should also end the sixth and the fourth, respectively. That happened just by accident after I'd written the first stanza (which of the three, I'm most happy with), and I tried to apply it to the rest of the poem.
Consider this as being unfinished.
The Little Person
So, one of our multitude of assignments this week was to write some Haikus. My God but they're fun. I'd never used the form before but its blissful - the constraints it places upon both subject matter and structure are challenging but not onerous. Here's the full set of rules, as far as I can remember-
Syllabels - 5, 7, 5
Imagery - Two images, one short and the other enduring. Must be very vivid and visual. They must be linked, but how they are linked is up to the reader to decipher.
Subject matter - Any, but should convey a spiritual revelation onto the reader
Seasonal and nature imagery is popular
I've split up what I've written into traditional Haikus, and short poems with the same syllabic structure but which aren't Haikus
October 24, 2007
This week's assignment was to produce a poem exploring "Blodigkeit" - the state of the idiot, the wonderful apprehension of the world that is enjoyed by the perfectly ignorant. In addition to this, we had to write in ballad format. That's a bit of a departure for me - I'm not used to writing extended, narrative poetry. I think it shows. But I think there are some enjoyable elements in here, and it was certainly a learning exercise.
Families Through Adoption
The woman said "I don't approve
Of your interest in this river!"
The advance was called with a shout.
As a sergeant tore off her face.
October 23, 2007
The asssignment this week - take one word, and chop finely into constituent letters. Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt and leave to simmer. Serve with a side garnish of brains. To show you how easy this recipe is, here's one I made earlier -
who broods between the sentinels,
"Britain", that's a noble word:
October 20, 2007
Heh - I didn't give this in for assessment but, given Peter's comments on long poetry, I'm regretting that I didn't. Please - enjoy.
October 07, 2007
October 05, 2007
Deep beneath the salt and car crash ocean.