Happy Poetry Friday!
I’m hanging out with the wild Poetry 7 again! This month we wrote raccontinos–say what? I’d never even heard of them! (Make sure to go to Tricia’s post, where she explains the form a bit.) Anyway, I was in Scotland and Ireland this past month (wow), and I wrote my poem in Ireland. No pressure or literary history to live up to there, right?
So, first, I came up with my topic: the beauty of Ireland and the difficulty of capturing it in a poem. Then I came up with my sentence that would create the end words of the first line in each couplet: Write poem in sea ink on stone sheets. Then I cast about for a set of rhyming words to be the end line in the couplets’ second lines. Finally, I brainstormed a ton of things I loved about Ireland and tried to work as many of them into the poem as I could. This was all followed by several revisions (this is draft 5 that I’m sharing), mostly written as Randy drove our car on teeny-tiny roads where the speed limit was 100 or 120 kph, and the locals drove faster than the speed limit. Poetry was an excellent distraction!
This was a fun poetic form to try! Thanks, Tricia, for
foisting it on us suggesting it. :>)
Now, I need to work in a tip for teachers here, too, for presenting poetry in their classrooms, as part of my monthlong Poetry Tips for Teachers series.
Tip #3: Post It!
Present the poem visually?project it, write it on a pad or whiteboard, put it on a bulletin board, etc. This is extra helpful for poetic forms with a visual element to them, like acrostics or–ahem–raccontinos.
Shoot! I meant to change “ale-darkened” to “ale-dark.” Crumb.
Now, if you’d like to see what all the Poetry 7 have done (and you know you do), follow these links (links will be added as everyone’s raccontinos go up)!
Tricia (“Dear Poet, Be Advised”)
Sara (“At the Fulcrum of the Day”)
Kelly (“First Flowers”)
Liz (Untitled–I see what you did there, Liz;>)
Andi (“Family Secrets”)
Tanita (“speak softly. it’s a jungle out there.”
Next up will be pantoums, and here are our previous collaborations:
Mar 2015: Sestinas (Lord have mercy)
Feb 2015: Villanelles on hidden things
Finally, for more Poetry Friday fun, visit Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s Poem Farm, where she’ll have the Poetry Friday Roundup!