Thursday, April 12, 2018

Poem #12 - Cycle of Time Structure

Welcome to my 2018 National Poetry Month Project! I love projects!
It is wonderful to find so many folks are joining in at blogs and elsewhere. 
All are welcome!

This year at The Poem Farm, I will be writing a new poem every day about the constellation Orion.  Every day I will highlight a new poetic technique, a technique used by poets and by writers of other genres as well. After all, the techniques of poets are the techniques of all writers. I will be using my Fall 2017 Heinemann book, POEMS ARE TEACHERS, to lead me as I write all April long.

My hope is that some readers might also choose to dive deeply into writing about 1 Subject 30 Ways, to stick with one subject for a few days or for a whole month, approaching it from a variety of perspectives, in a multitude of structures, and with many playful word explorations.

Here is a list of this month's poems so far:

And's technique.

Mirroring a Cycle of Time Poem Drafting
Photo by Amy LV

Students - I approached the drafting of today's poem by thinking about time and moving through time.  I considered going through the months of the year or the hours of a day or even seasons, but as way leads onto way, this poem led me here.

This poem does not follow a regular, predictable cycle of time such as days of the week or an animal's life cycle, but it is organized by time, specifically by going back in time. You may have also noticed that I enjoyed drafting the shape of this poem.  My first draft just went straight down the page as you see in the photograph above.  Then, as I typed, I played with shape. 

First, the typed lines just went straight down.

Then, I moved the year changes out to the right.  But this seemed wrong somehow, as if we were going forward in time instead of backward.

So at last I arrived at what you see now.  We'll see if I keep it, but I like it for now.

You can do this too. Try writing about a subject through time. You need not change the format.  This just happened to happen.  Writing does have a mind of its own, you know....

In my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS, I highlight mirroring a cycle of time with a poem by Charles Ghigna. The title of his poem (page 113) is "Caterpillar Dreams."  The two student poet mentors (page 116) are Mercy T. with "Time Gone" and Danny L. with "Seasons of My Basketball Hoop."  Thank you to these poets, and thank you to the teachers of the student poets in this book!

Remember, you can connect with all kinds of poetry goodness happening throughout April 2018 at my introductory National Poetry Month post HERE.

See you tomorrow...with a back and forth structure!


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  1. Interesting to see your layout and to imagine other topics that would fit some kind of time travel. Nice, Amy!

  2. I love how your words are dancing across the night (black) sky like stars, gathering into constellations.

  3. I thought about how poems show movement this afternoon while listening to students talk about a work of art and hope I can pull all that together into a poem soon. Today was not the day for that, but I am glad to see your poem as it helps me think about my own attempts at showing movement with words. My favorite part is the last section that reads: "Through time and space and history the hunter brings the people peace."