David of The Skeptic’s Kaddish has created an interesting challenge for poetry writers and wannabes. Here’s how it works in general. Link to W3
The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond to in verse.
The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.
After four days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.
This week’s Poet of the Week is D. Avery who invites us to create a Tetractys. You probably remember Terri’s Cobalt Blue Challenge and my picture in response to it. It seemed the perfect image to inspire this poem.
The first post I wrote about this experience including more photos is here.
Immersed in Van Gogh
Blue Cobalt Immersive Experience Watching the paintings dynamically dance In a classical music ambiance Waves of color Soul soothing Cobalt Blue
II. D. Avery’s prompt guidelines
- Write a ‘Tetractys’;
- A further challenge is for the first and last word to be the same;
- A double or triple Tetractys, in either order would be okay.
- At least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20);
- Can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count;
- Can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;
- Double Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1;
- Triple Tetractys: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 10; and so on…
This was a fun and easy way to jump back into writing poetry. Thanks, David and D.