Sestina's can be the most difficult of all. Six words and a workout; how to morph and stretch and cajole, and dream new meanings from the words. How to make them new.
Blackout poems are a fun reminder of your voice. Even though someone else's words, a writer can always find a story of their own.
Identity pieces are difficult to write no matter how old you are. But, in youth, the idea of who we are--of who we can be--is so deeply rooted in the people we know and the culture we are immersed in. Sometimes that feels like a warm blanket. Others, it's more like being stuck in limbo.
It's February. The month of Valentines. But the romantic love February celebrates is only the beginning. This student poet knew that. She wasn't afraid to write about a love bigger and harder to define.
Welcome to February!
In thinking about this month's writing challenge, I thought we would go back to romance at its finest! The Sonnet: 14 lines, iambic pentameter (so, ten syllables//5 stressed, 5 unstressed), rhyming in quatrains and closing in a couplet (ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG).
Write a sonnet, not for a person but, for a place that makes you feel love.
If all else fails, check out this sonnet generator!
Good luck! Post below for comments and feedback!
The world is a crazy place and everyone is aiming to make decisions for someone else---so I find myself remembering this poem. Andrew Cruz, one of our fiercest poets, wrote a pantoum about a tragedy that left his family mouthing only a single word; stillbirth.
Our first school brought us some of the most tremendous student writers. This poem, THE A TRAIN is a special one!
Sestinas are one of those forms where you either love or despise it. I was really proud of Kasandra: she committed to telling this story and it is tremendous!
This poem was written by Pilar Johnson, in her senior year of high school. This was inspired by the great Jeanann Verlee and her poem, Unsolicited Advice to Adolescent Girls with Crooked Teeth and Pink Hair. Here, our students aim to use repetition and specific imagery to create a story unique to them and wise words that they, too, need to hear.