Happy Poetry Friday!
In May, we wrote odes. Over the top odes, free verse odes, perhaps ridiculous odes. But it was fun! The approaches of my Poetry Sisters (aka Poetry 7, aka Poetry Princesses–and, yes, we’re at work on a crown sonnet again, so the Princess title will be revived!) are so varied and each wonderful in its own way. Just seeing what 7 people come up with based on an agreed-upon theme/form/key word, etc., is a huge learning experience. And, getting to connect with each of them every month is wonderful–the frosting on the cupcake, you might say.
I’ve done ode-writing sessions with students, and they love choosing some everyday object (like a toothbrush) and writing a wild ode to it (here are two examples). For mine, this time, I paid tribute to junk food, which I have a love/hate relationship with. I love it, and I hate that it’s so dang bad for me.
Addendum: AND I can’t believe I’m sharing this on National Donut Day, and I didn’t include a donut. To make up for it, I’m going to go eat a donut soon. I’ll let you know what flavor when I come back:>) [I’m back.] I got vanilla creme and chocolate creme. Yuuummmmmm!
It was fun not to be constrained with a rhyme scheme and meter this time. And, of course, I enjoyed my research. I had to stop by Taco Bell several extra times for Cinnabon Delights, and then there was NadiaCakes, and, well, a few extra Heath bars from Walgreens. The commitment I have to research is just ridiculous. :>)
Don’t forgot to read all the Poetry Seven’s poems below. Here are their topics and a favorite phrase from each:
Tricia?? (ode to toilets from the…heart? – “from the port-a-potties I have / hovered over”)
Sara?? (ode to…see if you can guess before the end:>) – “I know! the Danes don’t stink, but they are often confused”)
Kelly (a thinking person’s ode to the “F” word–yes, that F word – “you denote both congress and, on / occasion, Congress“)
Liz? (ode to curly hair [sending it to my sister and daughter] and daughters – “An ovation to the corkscrews of crazy“)
Andi (must have been spying on my current knitting project when she wrote this ode to knitting – “Hours erased from the life / of my fingers”)
Tanita? (pure joy in Tanita’s ode to baubles – “bracelets, brooch-pins charming chains ? bling’s the thing that chants my name”)
Next up will be…something! But here are our previous collaborations:
May 2015: Pantoums
April 2015: Raccontinos
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 Buffy Silverman at Buffy’s Blog for the Poetry Friday Roundup!