Thursday, September 30, 2021

inklings october challenge: hybrid forms

Greetings, Poetry Friday people!  Go here to learn more about this weekly fiesta de poesía.  I do not actually have any poesia in Spanish today, but I have certainly been enjoying some Spanish-language poetry in translation at Poem-a-Day.

Instead I have my response to Mary Lee's challenge to our group of INKLINGS this month.  


We are taking it in whatever way it works, and my version is  "Explain a poetry form (ode, elegy, sonnet, limerick, etc) using that form." Me being me, it got a little hairier and more complex even than that. (I felt very seen reading this quote yesterday in the NYT from their two-time Pulitzer winner for criticism, Wesley Morris: “I can be paralyzed by my glut of ideas,” he said, “which often means I wait to write things until the last minute.”)

So here, without further ado about nothing, is my

In case you have not met a definito before, it is my own invention, a form the rules of which I have now resoundingly broken: the definito is a free verse poem of 8-12 lines (aimed at readers 8-12 years old) that highlights wordplay as it demonstrates the meaning of a less common word, which always ends the poem. 

But hey--you make it, you break it!  

 I believe this month's offerings will be even more varied than usual, and I believe you will love every one.  Start with Catherine's at Reading to the Core, as she is our hostess with the mostess this week.  Then pop around and enjoy all the INKLINGS have to offer. 

Mary Lee Hahn @ A(nother) Year of Reading
Molly Hogan @ Nix the Comfort Zone
Linda Mitchell @ A Word Edgewise
Margaret Simon @ Reflections on the Teche

Friday, September 24, 2021

split personality post

 Hello, Poetry Friday!  On the one hand:

On the other hand: tomorrow's #FridaysForFuture global climate 


Thanks for being here with me and our host Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids, where she and the Poetry Sisters are tank(a)ing away inspired by each other's previous works. I love the collaborative circular iterations this creates!