Monday, April 30, 2007

Poem Spark Apr. 30-May 14 - the Sevenling


Greetings and Salutations fellow poets!

After spending the month of April writing a poem each day in celebration of National Poetry Month, I discovered how difficult it was to create something original with such demanding time constraints. Across the internet, various poets used different strategies for sparking the poetic muse. One such spark is a form of poem called the Sevenling.

Here's a small explanation of the sevenling by the form's creator, Roddy Lumsden, courtesy of The American Poetry Journal:


Lumsden wrote:
The rules of the sevenling are thus:

The first three lines should contain an element of three - three connected or contrasting statements, or a list of three details, names or possibilities. This can take up all of the three lines or be contained anywhere within them. Then, lines four to six should similarly contain an element of three, connected directly or indirectly or not at all. The seventh line should act as a narrative summary or punchline or as an unusual juxtaposition. There are no set metrical rules, but being such as short form, some rhythm, metre or rhyme is desirable. To give the form a recognisable shape, it should be set out in two stanzas of three lines, with a solitary seventh, last line. Titles are not required. A sevenling should be titled Sevenling followed by the first few words in parentheses The tone of the sevenling should be mysterious, offbeat or disturbing, giving a feeling that only part of the story is being told. The poem should have a certain ambience which invites guesswork from the reader.


The form is based on a much-translated poem by Anna Akhmatova:

American Poetry Journal excerpt of "He loved. . .", translated by D.M. Thomas

The Harvard Advocate excerpt of "He loved. . .", translated by Judith Hemschemeyer


Here are some other excellent sevenlings:

Yolanda Calderon-Horn 4 Sevenlings

Diane Thiel Sevenlings for Akhmatova


Your poetry spark for the next two weeks is: write a sevenling. Be creative and have fun!


This poem is real

*expired*



napowrimo - 30 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Sunday, April 29, 2007

About suffering

*expired*



napowrimo - 29 april 2007
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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Preteen, 7 a.m.

*expired*



napowrimo - 28 april 2007
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Friday, April 27, 2007

Twenty-year love poem

*expired*



napowrimo - 27 april 2007
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Vocabulary

*expired*



napowrimo - 26 april 2007
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Denial

*expired*



napowrimo - 25 april 2007
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Meditation

*expired*



napowrimo - 24 april 2007
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Apology

*expired*



napowrimo - 23 april 2007
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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Blacksburg Virginia, April 16, 2007

*expired*



napowrimo - 22 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

note: Normally I would not post this sort of poem so close to the tragic event (if I ever posted it at all). But since this is the poem I wrote today for napowrimo, please be aware that I intend no disrespect to the victims, survivors, or family members.


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Point of view

*expired*



napowrimo - 21 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Friday, April 20, 2007

Three-day blizzard

*expired*



napowrimo - 20 april 2007
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The unnamed

*expired*



napowrimo - 19 april 2007
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Eavesdropping

*expired*



napowrimo - 18 april 2007
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Unrequited

*expired*



napowrimo - 17 april 2007 - sapphic stanzas
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Monday, April 16, 2007

Metamorphosis

*expired*



napowrimo - 16 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Externalist

I am exceedingly pleased to announce the debut issue of a new, online journal:

The Externalist


I have a poem appearing in this issue, Hiking Blue Mountain. There are quite a few other goodies to peruse, as well: fiction, prose, poetry, and criticism. Go check it out!

1942

*expired*



napowrimo - 15 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Life

*expired*


napowrimo - 14 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Bedtime stories

*expired*



napowrimo - 13 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Iraq

*expired*



napowrimo - 12 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hollow woman

*expired*



napowrimo - 11 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Boulder Caves

*expired*



napowrimo - 10 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Poem Spark Apr. 2-16 - National Poetry Month Poetfan

My apologies. I forgot to post this last Monday.

Salutations fellow poets!

In honor of National Poetry Month, this week's spark will be based on the Poetfan project that was sponsored by the Academy of American Poets:

Quote:
This winter, the Academy of American Poets launched a search for America’s biggest poetry fans: people who demonstrate a passion for poetry that goes beyond the usual. After receiving hundreds of provocative entries from fans across the country, these entries surpassed our wildest expectations.


The entries that I read were startling. Fans from all over sent in their stories. Some were booksellers, some were scientists. All were ordinary people who appreciate poetry and found a way to make the poems that moved them meaningful in their everyday lives.

I'm a poetfan, but I don't focus on any one poem or poet; instead, I save pieces of poems, lines and words, and use them to form my own conclusions about the world around me. Sometimes these pieces of poems inspire me to write my own. Sometimes the poems I love influence the nature of what I write. Sometimes I learn new things about the language that I can use. Everyday is an new beginning, as long as I make room for one new poem in my life; either one that I read, or one that I write.


Here are a few of my favorite poems, ones that inspired me in some way:

Jack Gilbert Tear It Down

Carolyn Forché For the Stranger (audio only)

Elizabeth Bishop Sestina

Robert Hass Privilege of Being (audio only)

Richard Wilbur The Writer



This week's spark: write a poem inspired by a much-loved poem. You can use anything: either fragments of words, phrases, the style of the poem, or anything else about it that helps you get started. Please include the title and author of the poem which inspires your own. Good luck! Have fun and be creative.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The boy with the mended heart

*expired*



napowrimo - 9 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Autumn

*expired*



napowrimo - 8 april 2007
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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Dark matter

*expired*




napowrimo - 7 april 2007
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Friday, April 06, 2007

The inconsolable nature of being

*expired*



napowrimo - 6 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

*expired* - the explanation

To my surprise, I seem to be getting some good poems out of this month's foray into terror (writing a poem-a-day). The poems are good enough for me to shove them out into the ocean, a practice otherwise known as submitting to literary journals.

Because a great many editors consider posting to a personal blog = the poem is published, I will be removing the poems I post for napowrimo after a few days (i.e. *expired*). If there is a poem you like, feel free to email me and I'll send you a copy of it for your personal perusal. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

untitled

*expired*



napowrimo - 5 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

blue cap

Opening

*expired*


napowrimo - 4 april 2007
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The murder of the self

*expired*


napowrimo - 3 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Monday, April 02, 2007

The book of small treasures

*expired*


napowrimo - 2 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

Sunday, April 01, 2007

April

*expired*


napowrimo - 1 april 2007
© 2007 Christine Klocek-Lim

April is National Poetry Month!


National Poetry Month was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. They have a great National Poetry Month page where you can find all sorts of interesting things: their new Poetfan contest, Life Lines (I wrote one last year), sign up to receive a Poem-a-Day in your email this month, and much more.

If you're brave, you can participate in the Poets.org's discussion forum's NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) activity and write a poem-a-day for the entire month of April.

I'm going to try it. The only reason I'm going to try it is because it emphasizes quantity over quality. I average one good poem a month, maybe. I'm hoping this exercise will force me to generate a whole slew of possible-poems and fragments that I can revise into something later.