Yesterday I posted a poem entitled Emergence to our Schizophrenic summers category, which has been a graveyard filled with the remnants of submissions past for over a month now. Yes, Jessie and I became bored with the format — monthly poetry themes that we would arduously and obligingly toil over to submit, usually days after the end of the month (or sometimes not at all). And we have had precious few submissions from others (ahem! fellow poets).
But we cannot reasonably expect others to submit to a monthly theme that we barely participate in ourselves. It was time for a change. And I believe we have found an appropriate and much more invigorating use for this space. Continue reading The Challenge Call: New Schizophrenic Summers
Waves caress with sighs,
infinite breaths of life unseen.
Another universe waits below,
undetected by meager tools. Continue reading Free Verse – Emergence – SD
Lesson #37 from finishing my first manuscript: Try to find that balance.
Accomplishing anything effectively is about balance. Finishing the first draft of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento over the last few months was a bit tiresome. I had not met my monthly writing goals since the end of NaNoWriMo 2015, and I was constantly falling behind – according to my own exceedingly high standards. I just wanted it done, but I didn’t always have the motivation or the willpower to just sit down and write.
Continue reading Writing Lesson #37: Writing Consistently is about Balance
Taut bowstring sinews do quell the violence
Holding back the swings of Hulk’s blind madness
As the body quakes, raging in silence Continue reading Villanelle – Aggression – SD
“Eye’s Fair Dance”
Winds and white foam soften, be still!
A honeyed melody drifts through the air.
Golden hues settle, like candlelight’s glow. Continue reading Cinquain Triplet – Eye of a hurricane, fair/festival, sailor – SD
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these theme posts. Normally I’d start off by talking about September’s posts, but… nothing has been posted yet. Go us! So instead I’ll just take a moment to revel in just how long we’ve kept this whole project up – 17 months!
Continue reading October’s Theme – Around We Go!
Another submission from a fellow haiku-er (?), erikleo of All Things Creative
after looking at a galaxy
two million light years distant
I creep into my bed,
next to my sleeping wife
Here’s a haiku submission from erikleo over at All Things Creative, an intriguing blog featuring one of our favorite poetic forms… haikus!
after my mother’s funeral
I shovel earth onto her coffin
not knowing when to stop
“Now I know I haven’t really tried to hang out with you lately, but that totally doesn’t mean we can’t still be really close best of bestest friends. On my time table. You know, when it’s convenient and I’m not busy working or running errands. Oh? That doesn’t work for you? You only want to visit when I’m driving with no paper and pen available or meeting with my boss about upcoming events? Well gosh, I guess I should be used to that by now.” Continue reading April’s Theme: Let there be Goofy!
Let’s be real for a moment. I’m getting kind of bored of coming up with themes every month. It’s not that I’ve run out of ideas; it’s really that I feel like my voice is drowning out any external potential for creativity. Continue reading March’s Theme – and call for ideas!