The Armistice Century in Poetry

The Armistice Century in Poesy November 11, 2017 Still we find it hard to go Where friendly harmonies can blow. Our songs have been self-punishment Ten decades long, and gray lament. We weary now of wearying And thin-lipped verse is growing thin: The closed-up throat, the furious brow, We might relax if we knew how.…

Poetry Challenges 18 and 19

Unusually, I’m announcing two poetry challenges at once, the first to open September 9th, and the second to open September 23rd. The first challenge is to write a poem that functions both aesthetically and as an interpretation or critical analysis of a character from classical fiction. Any character appearing only in works published before 1923…

Poetry Challenge 17 Triolet: Post Thy Poems!

This was interesting. I’ve written triolets before and I ran into the same issue this time. One feels the repeated lines would be more affecting if the poem were sung; on the page, they can seem a bit like dead wood. Perhaps my approach is too straightforward? At any rate, I decided to write several…

Poetry Challenge 16: Halovidian

The challenge this time is to write a poem using rhyme, meter/rhythm, and/or alliteration, with the following catch: we have to use at least three of the following invented words, and assign our own meaning to them. You can also include made-up words of your own. If necessary, provide pronunciation guides. Feel free to invent…