Happy August! Welcome to a new Carrot Ranch double ennead monthly poetry challenge. Every third Monday of the month, I’ll be here at the Saloon with another challenge to help get your poetic juices flowing. Each month, we will explore a different theme or image to inspire our poetry. Take your time, there’s no hurry! You have an entire month to write your poem.
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This week, Tanka Tuesday is Poet’s Choice. That means we can write freestyle poetry, syllabic poetry, and prose poetry. It’s a first for this challenge, as my first poetic love has always been Japanese poetry, like haiku and tanka. I want this challenge to be inclusive, so once a month let’s branch out and try new things. Let your mind wander and just have fun!
I’m obsessed with the Oracle… what is the oracle, you ask?
The poetry Oracle is magnetic poetry. Click the link above and choose one of the category icons in the lower online version after the first group. A series of words will appear and you can drag and drop the words into the white area to create your poetry. I often use the Oracle when I’m looking for inspiration.
The Oracle works for syllabic poetry as well. On another browser tab, I usually have a syllable counter open as I compose my poem. I type in the words to check my count.
Here are the words I received for the Nature Kit:
Now, I will drag and drop the words until I have the makings of a poem. There is a button to choose more words. I cycle through the word selection and grab words as I compose my poem.
Finally, I’ve composed my poem (I took a screenshot to share with you):
I enjoy writing prose poetry, although I can’t resist adding a haiku. Technically, this poem is a haibun.
Merril D. Smith writes an “Oracle” inspired poem every Saturday. This week, I thought I would jump into some magnetic poetry to see what I could come up with. Susan Joy Clark also joined in.
You can find the Magnetic Poetry Oracle HERE. You receive a random set of words used to construct your poem. This shadorma came together quickly. Syllabic poetry is all about the brevity of words. This is one way to experiment.