I've been immersed in poetry and verse in the past couple of weeks - first in a Novel in Verse virtual workshop led by the amazing Nikki Grimes and Padma Venkatraman, then in my own work as I dived in deep to apply all the insights and tips that I took away from that experience.
Poems arrived in my inbox this week, via the Academy of American Poets newsletter featuring a selection of poems for Indigenous Peoples' Day.
I particularly loved the poem by Rainy Dawn Ortiz that starts:
Some one else
Some where else
That place is here,
In my home,
We are here.
You can read the rest of the poem and learn more about the poet here.
One of the things I love about being a part of Poetry Friday is the inspiration to play with different poetic forms. Thoughts about poetic forms were milling around in my mind when they bumped into Inktober, an annual event in which illustrators create a drawing each day during the month of October. Sparks flew and an idea was born. I searched online and found an Inktober prompt list that I liked, and resolved to have a spooky, poetic month that I'm calling Spooktober. I'm writing a poem a day, one for each of the prompts in my chosen Inktober list.
I decided to use this as a chance to practice with a few specific poetic forms, so (almost) every poem I write for the prompts will either be a haiku, a senryu or a tanka. Each Friday during October, I'll share the poems I've written in the previous week. So, here are my poems for week one of Spooktober. I hope they give you some spooky fun!
Our host for Poetry Friday this week is Irene Latham over at Live Your Poem. Hop over to her corner of the internet for today's roundup of poetic goodness!
(all ilustrations from Pixabay. Licence Free for Commercial Use/No Attribution Required. Links to individual clipart: Skeleton Ghost Monster)
Love this, Elisabeth!ReplyDelete
Thanks Patti! I'm having a lot of fun with these.Delete
Elizabeth, these are fantastic! How fun. What a way to bring some levity into the day. I love #3. Counting heads on Halloween is tricky when you have lots of kids. Made me laugh. I think you have a great collection started!ReplyDelete
Thanks Linda! Some of the prompts are challenging but I'm having fun trying to figure out how to make them fun and kid-friendly.Delete
Oh that smiling moon... wow, you're off to a great start for the month. Keep going, keep going!ReplyDelete
What fun, love all of these. Looking forward to more of your Spooktober shares. :)ReplyDelete
These are lovely, Elizabeth! The Mask poem is funny. I think Haiku are perfect for Halloween, often spooky and illusive.ReplyDelete
Glad you're enjoying them, Janice.Delete
I love the feistiness of the Ortiz poem, Elisabeth, "We are something else"! And your 'spooktober' poems are awesome- those polka dot pumpkins, does anyone know that ghost?, and one gold leaf subdued - everyone packs a smile! Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
I liked that assertion of presence in the Ortiz poem as well. Thanks for the comments on the spooktober poems!Delete
Elisabeth, it looks like you have set yourself a serious challenge which is also very doable! I like number 5 the best, and I love the way you've formatted these. Are the illustrations your own? Very cute!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comments Heidi! I'm having fun with this even as I struggle to write the next poem :-D. The illustrations are from Pixabay (the credits are at the bottom of the post, including links to the pages for each). I thought they were a fun way to illustrate some of the poems.Delete
Thanks for all of this! I clicked through and read the rest of Rainy Dawn Ortiz's poem, and then enjoyed yours too!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ruth! I'm glad you enjoyed them.Delete
Those haiku are so much fun! Yay. The "porch light off" made me laugh.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed them and that it gave you a laugh.Delete
I love them all, but Mask made me laugh out loud!ReplyDelete
I couldn't ask for a better result - thanks Mary Lee!Delete
I see that you are having so much fun with inktober prompts, Elisabeth. The last two resonate with me. Thanks for Ortiz's poem. It is such an important one for this holiday.ReplyDelete
Indigenous to this land"
I agree Carol - I'm glad you enjoyed Ortiz's poem. Thanks for your comments about my poems as well.Delete
Elisabeth, I like your spooktober list you found, and the playful way you are engaging with the words. I love the pumpkin polka dots!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'm having fun trying to come up with creative interpretations of the prompts.Delete
These are all fa-boo-lous, Elisabeth. I especially like Pumpkins...you squashed the party dress. ;)ReplyDelete