this is the way the thing began flickering in the shallows turquoise, violet, lemon, half- seen, caught in jade water the effect of refraction was to make it seem closer clearer than it really was perhaps the tide ebbed, or perhaps the rocks advanced: sunlight is tricky Mandy Macdonald is an Australian writer living in
This week’s poetry form challenge is the Epistle. An Epistle has an intimate, sentimental, philosophical or moral theme, and is written as a letter in verse, most often to a person close to the writer. A fabulous contemporary example of an Epistle is The Epistle of Deborah Dough by Mary Leapor. For more information on the Epistle you can
This week’s poetry form challenge from Word Bohemia is the Tanka. This is a Japanese form of poetry which consists of 5 lines of 31 syllables, for example: Line 1 – 5 syllables Line 2 – 7 syllables Line 3 – 5 syllables Line 4 – 7 syllables Line 5 – 7 syllables ‘A ‘Quick
The second week of the Word Bohemia poetry challenge month tackles the Fibonacci form. This form was invented by the mathematician Fibonacci (c.1175 – c.1240). The concept of this form is based on a series of numbers, each one being the sum of the two previous numbers: 1. 1. 2. 3. 5. 8. 13. 21.
For week 1 of the Word Bohemia poetry challenge month, we ask you to try an Etheree, a poem of unmetered and unrhymed verse, which consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. You could also try the Reversed Etheree: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4,
New writing challenge – Poetry Forms! Over the next four weeks (from Monday 22nd September) we will be posting a poetry form for you to try, with basic rules of the form. This may be an great challenge for those of you who have edged towards freeform style of poetry and want to practice forms