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(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)

On top of Camp NaNoWriMo and the A to Z Challenge, it is also National Poetry Month. While I’m sure there are a handful of other events taking place, these three have been the most prominent for me. So far the A to Z Challenge is chugging along, but I’ve not yet dabbled in Camp NaNoWriMo; my meager 10k word goal.

As for poetry? Not my cup of tea. However, my blog meanderings have left me inspired to partake in some. While I know deep inside this is a terrible, terrible idea — on par with skydiving without a parachute — I just can’t seem to help myself.

While roaming the A to Z participant list, I came across a handful of blogs that I decided to follow. One of these was Rebeccah Writes (also one of my Liebster Award nominees). Her theme this month is Oulipo poetry. It is a form of poetry that, from my understanding, uses a variety of constraints in order to challenge creative boundaries.

The first example for “A” was Acronymic poetry. Now I couldn’t find a whole lot about this online, and what I did find seemed to be different. Perhaps I wasn’t searching correct terminology. I don’t know.  Either way, I’m going by the example she provided being it seemed like a lot of fun.

The constraint for this is: Each letter in the title furnishes the initials of the words in each line.

She offered the example of Fear. So each line would be 4 words long; the first beginning with the letter F, second E, third A, and the fourth word “R”

This is the constraint I decided to explore with. Mind you, I don’t write poetry — the last time being in kindergarten — while the words are specific, there is little rhyme (or reason... couldn’t resist), and tenses thrown to the wind. I’d like to think there is a story in there. Somewhere. Deep. That’s what I’ll tell myself to help me sleep at night.

Okay, okay... on with the show! I present to you:

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Each new day
Engage numerous dimensions
Escape normality disenchantment
Everyday nothings discarded
Encapsulated nevermore, detainless
Endings never determined
Each new day
Eviscerate notions demanding
Enthralling neurotic derailments
Ego’s narcissistic delusion
Eventual negative deluge
Each new day
Ethereal nomadic divulging
Extraordinary news describing
Evils noticed decomposing
Each new day
Entrancing, nature’s domain
Eternal, never dying
Each new day
Endless navigational doorways
Each new day

And there it is. My first — and possibly last — poem in ages. I can dig it. Can you dig it?

I also wanted to link another blogger Average Poet, another of my nominees, who has chosen a poetry theme for this months challenge.

I’d highly recommending checking out both blogs! They have some great stuff up!

Do you write poetry? Do you have a favorite poet/poem? If so, who/which? Have you ever heard of Oulipo poetry?

11 comments:

  1. "Ego's narcissistic delusion." I like that.

    I am currently Not-A-Poet. But I have had former lives...

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    1. Also--my favorite poem: http://www.donmarquis.org/themoth.htm

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  2. As you know, I love poetry so I applaud you for taking a stab at it even though it has been so many years. I had not heard of Oulipo poetry but am certainly intrigued.

    My favorite line? "Endless navigational doorways" :)

    And, I share with you my favorite poem, If by Ruyard Kipling.

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    1. Buh! Rudyward. Poor man I shamed him with my misspelling.

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  3. I can dig it! I'd also like to share my favourite line of your poem: Enthralling neurotic derailments - should be put on a t-shirt.

    I can't write to save my life, well, other than mad rambling that is. My favourite poet is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe he is the boss. There are so many I love but if I had to choose it would be "Willkommen und Abschied" (http://www.has.vcu.edu/for/goethe/willkommen_dual.html)
    This one has also an English Translation, and "Erlkoenig" (http://ingeb.org/Lieder/werreite.html) also with an English version.

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  4. Yes, I actually do reall like it. I wasn't sure, hearing the format, but it's actually really interesting, and you used a lot of rich, descriptive words. Well done! Is there a poetry site for the National Poetry Month where you can link it?

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  5. Never heard of Oulipo poetry, but I remember the poetry with each letter of the word from high-school. We also did a different thing in high school I remember, where we wrote the poem in a shape. Like, I did mine in the shape of a music note, but the words had to reflect something about music. It was cool.

    I liked your poem!! Some of the lines really jumped out at me. I love endless navigational doorways. That was a perfect description of life. Nice job on this!

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  6. "Endings never determined" is my life.
    Good for you, breaking out into something new. You did a nice job.
    Funny you should mention the acronym. I just finished writing one for "G" day. My kids spend a good bit of time each year at school on poetry. The acronym is very popular in the elementary set. I went with it.

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  7. Thank you everyone for your comments! I will try to repay some visits throughout the weekend :)

    Good luck with the A to Z!

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  8. Yes her poem for fear was really cool & it found me becoming interested in this style of poetry too. Yours is great, I love that you used the opening line in repetition at various places in the piece. Ties everything together but also allows each of the lines following it to be stand alone ideas. A good thinker in many lines. I especially liked
    "Each new day
    Eviscerate notions demanding
    Enthralling neurotic derailments
    Ego’s narcissistic delusion
    Eventual negative deluge"

    As a writer I can relate. Great post!

    Randomness and Lunacy

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  9. Thanks Jenn. Yeah each section was meant to be separate ideas, and each section a line shorter than the last, until ending :) There is sometimes a method to the madness!

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