31 August 2012

the our lost jungle poetry form challenge: challenge #9 results

Happy Friday, poets! Today is the last day of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge … Congratulations to those of you who have made it to the end of the challenge! For those who joined in a little late, don’t worry … you still have time to complete the challenge! Wondering how? Well, there’s one more step to finalize the fine work you’ve all done these past few months: The Final Portfolio. Watch for a post this weekend with details!

27 August 2012

Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge: Challenge #9

Good morning, poets, and welcome once more to the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge.

Today marks both a beginning and an end. For me, it is the first day of a new academic year, meaning it is time once more to jump into the fray of teaching. I am at once excited and, as usual, fraught with nerves--- I’m anticipating a good semester, though without the certainty of continued employment into the Spring it sure is hard to be quite as excited as usual. Still, with the certainty of a blessed employment for the Fall, it sure is hard to let anxiety get the best of me!

And so with that, I introduce the end: Today is the last poetic challenge of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge. We’ve had eight fun weeks of playing with poetic form, re-familiarizing ourselves with some of the basics and experimenting with some modern adaptations of familiar forms. This week we branch further into the unknowns of poetic form, with a challenge that asks you step out on your own and play with form in a whole new way: Yours.

The OLJ Poetry Form Challenge #9: Your Form

24 August 2012

the our lost jungle poetry form challenge: challenge #8 results

Welcome to the end of Week 8 of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge!

This week's challenge was a two-in-one challenge of poetic one-liners. The first challenge was to write American Sentences, a variation of the haiku created by Allen Ginsberg. Here are three poems submitted this week that really stood out as fine examples of what this seventeen-syllable form can do:

20 August 2012

Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge: Challenge #8 --- Two-for-One

Welcome to Week 8 of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge!

I sort of feel like I’m on one of those action drama television shows like “24”, at the moment where a character like Jack Bauer puts in a call and is screaming into the line, “I don’t have a lot of time!” I just moved into a new apartment, and don’t yet have reliable internet service, which means I’m rushing through the writing of this week’s post and prompt in hopes I get it done and scheduled before the internet gods “cut the red wire” to my connection.

So, without further ado, let’s get right into this week’s challenge!

The OLJ Poetry Form Challenge #8: Monostiches + American Sentences

17 August 2012

the our lost jungle poetry form challenge: challenge #7 results

Good morning and happy Friday, poeming friends! Today ends what might have been one of the toughest challenges of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge, which asked you to write prose poems. Prose poems are such tricky mistresses, yet you all did amazing jobs showing how the pairing of prose-form with poetic language can do some pretty astonishing things.

13 August 2012

Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge: Challenge #7 --- Prose Poems

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in week seven of this challenge! (And harder still to believe, I might add, that there are only two weeks left of form-based prompts before you start gathering your portfolios.) Yet here we are, teetering on the edge of yet another journey into the realm of poetic form. This week’s journey will take us into one of the most controversial realms of poetry—one that both is and resists poetic traditions, and has often both been defined as and rejected as a poetic form: the prose poem.

The OLJ Poetry Form Challenge #7: Prose Poems

10 August 2012

the our lost jungle poetry form challenge: challenge #6 results

Happy Friday, everyone. Today ends the sixth week of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge, in which you were asked to write a Pleiades poem. This week was an absolute delight in terms of reading your submissions. As I have been every week, I was impressed by and in awe of the many ways each of you worked with this form. All of you wrote beautiful poems, and some of you took the alliteration part of the challenge to a whole new level in a very cool way! Congratulations to each of you. (To get caught up on the challenge, be sure to check the links at the end of this post.)

06 August 2012

Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge: Challenge #6 --- Pleiades

Welcome, poets, to week six of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge. So far in the challenge we’ve worked to combine some of the fundamental elements of poetry like rhyme and meter and play with gradually lengthening forms like haiku and sonnets. This week, we’re going to work with both a new element and a new form: the alliterative Pleiades poem.

The OLJ Poetry Form Challenge #6: Pleiades

03 August 2012

the our lost jungle poetry form challenge: challenge #5 results

Good morning, poets! With the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, we have seen a resurgence of the connection between the athletics of the world’s Olympians and the artistry of the world’s poets. In keeping with the ancient tradition of the Olympics, which often paired athletic feats with the praises of poets (and also often included the art of poetry and the other arts as Olympic events themselves, a tradition I would love to see us return to!), we’ve seen everything from athletes reading poetry to calm their nerves to coaches reading and writing their competitors verses in the locker rooms, and even a celebration of the arts from NPR in the form of the “Poetry Games” (for which you can vote right now)! Is it any wonder, then, that I’ve come to see this challenge as something of an “Olympiad” of its own?

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