It’s January again … the start of a new year and time for month of poetry again. In Month of Poetry, I – with a bunch of wild, talented, inspiring poets – challenge ourselves to writing a poem each day of the month.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve felt like my poems have needed more variety in form – so as an added challenge, I’m experimenting with a different form each day. I’m also in the middle of editing for publication my novel Akrad’s Children. Here’s my Day 15 poem – a List poem.
A Novel Cake
Take a modicum of talent
a cup full of dreams
and hard work in equal measure,
mix together vigorously.
Stir in two aspirations well beaten
and half a cup of constructive feedback
until reaching a smooth and creamy consistency.
Add chopped metaphors (never mixed) to taste.
and a pinch of optimism.
Bake well in the scorching oven of opinion.
When cool, sprinkle with crystallised hopes.
Allow to settle to release the flavours
and garnish with a swirl of revision.
Serve with a generous side of promotion.
Warning this cake may cause tears but has been known to be addictive.
Jeanette O’Hagan 15 January 2017
Exploring Poetry Forms
1. Free Verse – No Man’s Land
5. Diamante or Diamond poem
6. Echo poem
7. Saturday Challenge – Single Sense Poem –
8. Found Poem – Book Titles
14. Saturday Challenge – theme Kiss – a Sevenling
15. List poem
16. Mirror (or Palindrome) poem
21. Saturday challenge – poem based on photo – free verse
26. Vietnamese Sonnet
28. Saturday Challenge – non-fiction poem – a Shardorma
30. Ya Du
31. ZaniLa Rhyme
Form, theme and emotion – all play a part in poetry. Some poems are clever, some straight from the heart. So far, it’s been fun stretching myself, finding new forms, pushing the edges of where the possibilities lie.
What about you – do you love to write poetry? What are you favourite forms? Have you always wanted to give it a go?