If you’re wondering just what the heck the title of this blog means, then read on, dear blog-follower!
I need to once again thank one of my fellow poet friends (in this case, the illustrious David L. Harrison) for introducing me to a new poetic form, the Scuphum stanza, named after the British poet who invented it, Peter Scuphum. Earlier this week on his blog, David shared that he was working on a new poetry collection, and that one of the poems he was crafting was going to consist of 3 Scuphum stanzas, which are made up of a sextet (6-lines) utilizing a rhyme pattern of a-b-c-c-b-a, in which each line contains the same number of syllables.
Meter is optional, but I figured, hey, why not challenge myself all the way??
(all poems here are © 2020 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved)
So I thought about it for a few minutes, and as a one-off, I posted this on David’s link:
Sounds like fun!
I’ll have to try.
I’d hate to write
but I am sly –
and now I’m done.
David appreciated my attempt, and since it was a fun little challenge, I decided to post another on his blog:
I’m filled with glee
and still not done
with this new form
outside the norm –
it’s rather fun,
as you can see!
Yes, I was having fun, indeed. So I decided I would put a little more time into it and see if I could come up with something a little meatier…and this is the result. (Funny how I tend write so many nighttime poems at night – go figure!) It’s a rough draft that only took about half an hour, so take it for what it’s worth – but I kind of like it as a possible stepping stone for a longer story:
So thank you, David, for the inspiration. I’m going to need to play around with this potential narrative and see where it’s leading me. And by the way, I’ll be featuring David’s brand-new poetry collection, After Dark (Wordsong, 2020) on Feb. 28 as part of a blog tour celebration of the book’s release that week, so don’t miss it!
In other news, there’s a big cover reveal coming in just a few weeks for that picture book written with Charles Ghigna (aka, Father Goose®)! Beaming Books has scheduled the publication date for August 18, and I cannot wait for you to see it. Illustrator Andrés F. Landazábal has done an amazing job creating soft, beautiful imagery that is simultaneously brilliant and colorful while also soft and pastoral. And many thanks to the incredibly talented Tara Lazar, who will be hosting the official cover reveal on her blog Feb. 10, as soon as she wraps up this year’s Storystorm!
Catherine at Reading to the Core is hosting Poetry Friday today, so head on over to her blog to find the complete roundup of blogs and links, as well as a few of her #haikuforhope from last month.
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