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A Poetic Look At: Poetic Forms

Kaleidoscope

(c) 2013 Windy Johansen

So what’s a poetic form?

A recipe of sorts. One like sugar cookies. Rad, sweet, sugar cookies. (That was my sweet tooth talking, sorry. :) ) It takes several ingredients, mixed in a certain way, giving you an expected result, but with room for variation.

Sounds fine, but what’s wrong with formless poetry?

Not one thing. I write in a style that doesn’t seem to fit a form. It seems like it fits free verse the most, but I don’t know for sure.

But it’s fun to know how to work in new forms. You can enjoy both an old friend and get to love a new one. No one was talking about replacing anything. I’d be sad if you did!

That’s okay, then. What are the parts of the recipe?

Structurally speaking: words, meter, line, and stanzas. (There’s also the idea of half-lines, but they’re not something I’ve heard too much about. We’ll probably talk about them in the midst of a form that makes use of them.)

Stylistically speaking: mood, subject, and degree of repetition. Repetition doesn’t have to be bad, by the way. It can make a given idea stick better, or it can really annoy the socks off people.

We’ll talk about structures today. Stylistic things are really best talked about in the context of a given form. (Repetition is the special one that will get its own post.)

*hands out cookies* (It seems like a good time to share those. :) )

(Cookie) Center of the Matter

Words – Eggs/Flavorings

They’re …well, what you’re reading here. Not too bad so far. They can carry quite a lot in themselves, without any intentional meter. A big plate of eggs, with a bit of salt and pepper is nice. But we wanted cookies, so on to the other ingredients.

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There’s Space Everywhere

I see it, I see it
a landscape

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at once cold
and beautiful
it’s open
there’s space everywhere

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I see it, I see it
there’s space everywhere

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little droplets of ice fall
not snowflakes
not stars
frozen earth

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little wonders of life
don’t stare
don’t close
frozen earth

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I see it, I see it
a landscape

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at once cold
and beautiful
it’s open
there’s space everywhere

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I see it, I see it
there’s space everywhere

(c) 21 January 2013, Windy Johansen.

Bells (All the Wealth)

wailing over housetops
wailing over shipyards
wailing for the nights that hide you
this warfare gives you
the sun you refused to see
all the wealth for you to consume
wailing for the nights that hide you

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ringing bells, I hear them
ringing bells, sailing over soot
ringing bells, and lonely smoke
ringing bells, why did you replace
ringing bells, your sun?

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hunting over water
hunting over daylight
hunting for the stars that save you
meteors give you
the earth you refused to save
all the wealth for you to consume
hunting for the stars that save you

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subsumed bells, I hear them
subsumed bells, sailing over you
subsumed bells, that lonely will
subsumed bells, why did you ignore
subsumed bells, your selves?

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ringing bells, subsumed bells
hunting for the stars that save you
ringing bells, subsumed bells
wailing for the nights that hide you

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all the wealth for you to consume
all the bells ringing in my ears

(c) 25 September 2013, Windy Johansen.

Destruction/Creation

a dark road, well traveled
but strangely empty then
a pole, barely noticed
what will happen?
then it hits, and everything seems over

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creation, an opportunity

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a bright room, just healing
and strongly fighting now
a pole, bearing treatment
what will happen?
now awake, and everything seems hopeful

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creation, an opportunity
fascination, a lifelong wish
communication, new life

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a sweet day, so blessed
that empty road was hope
a pole, keeping balance
what will happen?
now walking, and everything seems better

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concepts flying, wrapping around
concepts wrapping, embracing
osmosis, flowing through

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creation, an opportunity
information, a lifelong trek
imagination, new life

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creation, an opportunity
fascination, a lifelong wish
communication, new life

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creation, an opportunity
information, a lifelong trek
imagination, new life

(c) 25 September 2013, Windy Johansen.

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I’m still uncertain of posting poems I’ve only written within the previous week. But this one is an interesting one, I think.

If you think this is a good poem, and then tell yourself how you could never do this…don’t say that to yourself. You can. Your voice has every right to be here, and it can say important and artistic things. We need our creative people. Especially now, but we always need creative people to remind us that complacency is not a particularly agreeable place for anyone to be.

If you hate it…well, I am still learning my craft. I might still get it right. :)

Thanks for spending time here, no matter what. Time is important, and I’m glad you chose to be here. <3