|"Floraison de mots (3)" by Louise Leclerc|
“Take a step, breathe in the world, give it out again in story, poem, song, art.”
– Jane Yolen
At the beginning of this month, Jane Yolen challenged us to write a septercet that featured reading or writing. A septercet is a poetry form she invented that has lines of seven syllables organized into three-line stanzas. It may be rhymed or not, with any number of stanzas.
The response to Jane's challenge was tremendous, with the added perk of seeing so many new participants! With more than 50 poems collected, it pains me that I couldn't feature more of them. It also took me a while to figure out how to organize such a large group, but eventually I wrangled them into four categories:
Words, words, words...
Adventures in Reading
The Writer's Life, and
Reading the World Around Us.
Tea's nearly ready, so please stay as long as you like to enjoy the entire collection.
To those who met the challenge,
tapping on seven fingers
over and over again,
and to Jane Yolen, poet,
storyteller and teacher—
here's my septercet of thanks.
Scroll through the poems below, or for best viewing, CLICK HERE.
Inspired to write a septercet of your own?
Post it on our September 2016 padlet by the end of today (September 30th) and I will add it to the wrap-up presentation.
Alternatively, you may enter the giveaway by commenting below. Comments must be received no later than Tuesday, October 4th. If you contribute a poem and comment below, you will receive two entries in total.
The winner will be determined by Random.org and announced next Friday, October 7th, when we reveal our new Spotlight ON interview and ditty challenge.
The winners of last week's giveaway for You Just Wait: A Poetry Friday Power Book by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books, 2016) are:
David Jacobson, Diane Mayr, BJ Lee,
Damon Dean, and Ann Magee.
Congratulations to all of you!
Please send your address to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks to Karen Edmisten for hosting this week's plump and juicy Poetry Friday roundup.