30 September 2013

our lost jungle poetry form challenge: challenge #9 & final steps!

OLJ Poetry Form Challenge: Challenge #9 & Final Steps!
Well, hello there, poets! Can you believe September is ending today?! That makes it an important day for this year’s poetry form challenge … because there’s still a bit of work to do before it’s over! Today you’ll be invited to take on the last challenge, and to start working on the final steps for completing this summer’s work! Let’s get started!

final steps

Before we get into the challenge, let’s review the last step of the challenge: your portfolio! Whether you started this challenge at the beginning of August, jumped in at the midway point, or are just joining now, you still have a chance to complete the challenge by submitting a portfolio of your work.

Here’s what to do:

  • You have until Friday, October 18th, 2013 to submit your portfolio by email (ourlostjungle@kharahouse.com). The deadline is 11:59pm ET. Include “[Your First and Last Name]’s OLJ Portfolio” in the subject line! (Note: Make sure you list your name as you want it to appear on your certificate. You can make note in the body of your email how you'd like your name to appear.)
  • Your portfolio should contain five of your favorite poems from the challenge. Take time to revise your poems if you need to, but remember: these must be new (written during, and for, the challenge) poems, not poems written before or outside of the challenge.
  • Include a brief (about a paragraph) poetic statement at the beginning of your portfolio regarding how you view poetic form. Is it good or bad? Does it free you or hinder your writing? Do you prefer traditional forms or experimental forms? Why?
  • Your portfolio should also include a worksheet guide to the form you’ll create … erm, shortly (spoiler alert). More details about that in a bit!

the eye on the prize

Everyone who submits their portfolio by the deadline will receive a certificate and website badge confirming their successful completion of the challenge. (Please note: this year’s poetic form challenge is technically ending in the middle of the Submit-O-Rama … which means it may take a little longer to receive your certificate! Please be patient with me … it’s a jungle in here, but I’m still just a one-woman show!)

Now … let’s get to the final challenge!

challenge #9: invented form

We’ve been working for two months now with forms created by other people … now it’s your turn to try your hand at inventing a form of your own! Today’s task is to invent your own poetic form. Last year, this involved a few specific guidelines (i.e. incorporating meter, rhyme schemes, stanza structure, etc.). This year, since we’ve been playing with experimental forms, I once again encourage you to “boldly go” where no poet has gone before! Play with forms you’re familiar with and reshape them into something new. Go for broke and try to create something completely original. Think about the patterns in your world that appeal to you and try to create their poetic counterpart. And remember: a poetic form can be as long as an epic or as short as a single line … the sky is all but literally the limit!

jump in

If you have any questions as you put together your portfolio and create your poetic form, please don’t hesitate to let me know! There is no “winner” of the ninth challenge this year (both because you’re all inventing something unique, and to allow time to really focus on launching the SOR), so there won’t be a featured poet post on Friday. There may be some bragging in the near future on what some of you do in your invented forms, though! So have at thee! And remember, the ninth challenge is due with the portfolio, so feel free to take your time and play. Have fun, happy writing, and good luck!


Last week I was honored to have been featured in an interview with Media Shower (MediaShower.com) as part of their "10,000 Hours in 10 Minutes" series! I would love for you to stop by and check it out! You can read the interview here: "10,000 Hours in 10 Minutes: Khara House and the Power of Her Poetic License"


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  1. *sigh and smiles*

    What a great challenge it's been.

    Thank you, Khara for this, and all of the other wonderful posts...

    I look forward to thinking and inventing...tidying up spent words.

    See you soon. :)'s to ALL in the Jungle!

    1. Thank you so much, Hannah! I'm glad you had fun :) Happy writing, thinking, inventing ... and all that goes with it!

  2. Holy cow. I pondered this all week, and in the interest of completing the whole challenge, finally worked a little something up. I thought I would like the freedom of creating my own challenge. Turns out, not so much. ;)



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