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Music in Poetry

If you love to write poetry and you are like me, you love to write in formal meter but are not completely comfortable with the rigidity of the meter. Yet, I bet many of you speak and write in rhythm without even realizing it.  If you have ever recited Mother Goose rhymes, you recognize the swinging and swaying of the words.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockleshells
And pretty maids all in a row.

Which words in this nursery rhyme did you emphasize? Did a pattern emerge?

How about these lines?

I feel the nights stretching away
thousands long behind the days
till they reach the darkness where
all of me is ancestor.
Do you feel the similar swaying? “da-dum da-dum.”
This rhythm is Trochaic. A stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.  Look through your poem(s). Can you make simple alterations to make your existing poem into a Trochaic one?
For a complete guide to meter and a step-by-step guide to scanning, check out Annice Finch’s blog post.
Do send us your poems for the upcoming issue.

Poems Wanted

For some strange reason, we are really in short supply of poetry for the summer issue. Please check our submission guidelines and submit. Please spread the word among other poets. We accept themes and non-themed submissions, so if you are stuck on the current theme “Shadow and Light,” don’t fret. Send us your best work before July 1st, 2018.

Poetry Wanted

Poetry Workshop – June 2018

Thank you for your overwhelming interest in our previous poetry workshop. I had to turn away many prospective participants.

Read what the previous participants have said about these workshops.

So by the popular demand here is the brand new poetry workshop.  If you have participated in my workshops before, wait for a follow-up workshop to be offered in future.

Dates: June 4-June 30.

Technical Requirements: A computer, email account,  internet access, and a PayPal account.

Every Monday, you will receive a warmup activity to prepare you for the week.
Every Tuesday, you will receive the lesson and a writing prompt.
You can send your poem for the week by Friday of the week.
On Monday beginning the second week, you will receive feedback on your poem along with the new warmup activity.

Fee:  $40.00 Donation to The Literary Nest. PayPal link provided upon registration.

Sounds good?
Sign up by sending an email to theliterarynest@gmail.com with “Poetry Workshop Signup” in the subject line.

Read what the previous participants have said about these workshops.

Second Poetry Workshop

Poetry Workshop Match 5 – April 15.

We are almost at the end of the first poetry workshop. The second workshop will begin on March 5th and run for six weeks. The last assignment will be delivered on April 9th.

Technical Requirements: A computer, email account, and internet access, and a PayPal account.

Every Monday, you will receive a warmup activity to prepare you for the week.
Every Tuesday, you will receive the lesson and a writing prompt.
You can send your poem for the week by Friday of the week.
On Monday beginning the second week, you will receive feedback on your poem along with the new warmup activity.

Fee: $30.00 Donation to The Literary Nest. PayPal link provided upon registration.

Sounds good?
Sign up by sending an email to theliterarynest@gmail.com with “Poetry Workshop Signup” in the subject line.

Poetry Workshop January 2018

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holiday Season from all of us at The Literary Nest. We are working hard on creating the winter issue. Look for it online on January 15.

As we enter the fourth year of the publication, we are putting the lessons we learned along the way to some significant actions. We are pleased to announce our first online poetry workshop.

Poetry Workshop
January 8-Feb 12 2018

Technical Requirements: A computer, email account, and internet access.

Every Monday, you will receive a warmup activity to prepare you for the week.
Every Tuesday, you will receive the lesson and a writing prompt.
You can send your poem for the week by Friday of the week.
On Monday beginning the second week, you will receive feedback on your poem along with the new warmup activity.

Fee: $30.00 Donation to The Literary Nest. PayPal link or mailing address provided upon registration.

Sounds good?
Sign up by sending an email to theliterarynest@gmail.com with “Poetry Workshop Signup” in the subject line.

Feature of the Week – 7

Henrietta M. Dahlstrom
 
The Hibiscus
To observe summer’s extravagance
I bought a big potted hibiscus
for my empty front  porcha single blossom, dark pink coral,
and five overlapping petals that swirl
like a Flamenco skirt encircling

the stalk of a bright bold stamen
that thrusts up to flaunt five red stigmata
and lemon-yellow anthers heavy with pollen.

The flower lasts only a day.  It folds itself up
and falls off but by then another has burst open
and every day there is a new bloom

passionate and urgent, relishing
its short sumptuous existence

as I in my old age relish each day
as if I might fold up and drop off
this tender earth at any moment.

Weekly Feature Prompt – Week 8

Write a poem (40 or fewer lines) or a flash fiction story ( < 1000 words) on any theme. see the complete guidelines here.

Send in your entries to theliterarynest@gmail.com with the subject line “Weekly Contest Submission” by Thursday, July 27, 2017 – 7 PM PDT.

The image here is just for inspiration. You are not required to write about it.

Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA