Cooperative Linked Poem II

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Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:19 pm

This activity is open to all SOSZ members! :D

Let's write a linked poem that will last until we run out of steam. (We can use a sort of renga/renku-style poem for a model, although the English language cannot really match the Japanese conventions.) We did this once before, so you can look at the old thread for inspiration: http://the-scholars.com/viewtopic.php?t ... inked+poem

Guidelines (Simple...really :wink: ):

First, the starting poet writes a three-line stanza of 17 syllables, possibly broken into a 5/7/5 structure much like haiku--but not.

Second, a new poet writes a two-line stanza of 14 syllables, possibly broken into a 7/7 structure; in addition, this new poet must incorporate some single theme, image, etc. from the starting poet's stanza and put a twist on it or carry it in a new direction, in this way creating new themes, images, etc.

Third, yet another poet writes a new three-line verse of 17 syllables (like the very first stanza written by the starting poet) and incorporates some single theme, image, etc. from the previous stanze (the two-line, 14-syllable verse of the second poet), putting a twist on it or carrying it in a new direction, thus creating new themes, images, etc. But there is a catch! Any time a poet adds a new stanza, he or she can never repeat (at least directly) any theme, image, etc. used in any stanza written for the poem up to that point.

Next, yet another poet writes the next two-line, 14-syllable stanza adhering to the same rules, then the next poet writes the next three-line, 17-syllable stanza, and so on...

Here's what it would look like:

XXXXX Starting Poet's Stanza = 3 lines, 17 syllables
XXXXXXX with first set of possible themes, images, etc.
XXXXX

XXXXXXX Second Poet's Stanza = 2 lines, 14 syllables
XXXXXXX plays on idea from previous stanza

XXXXX Third Poet's Stanza = 3 lines, 17 syllables
XXXXXXX plays on idea from previous stanza without
XXXXX repeating any other idea previously used in entire poem

XXXXXXX Fourth Poet's Stanza = 2 lines, 14 syllables
XXXXXXX plays on idea from previous stanza without repeating any other idea previously used in entire poem

(and on and on forever?)

Two last, but very important, rules!

1. You may contribute to the cooperative linked poem as often as you would like to do so; however, you may never write two stanzas in a row.

2. If, while you are composing a stanza, another poet posts the response before you are able, please graciously delete your newest post in favor of the post that makes it online first. For example, if you write a two-line, 14-syllable stanza utilizing the image of a swan ( :? ) and post it, only to discover that someone else beat you to this occurrence of a two-line, 14-syllable stanza, then go ahead and delete your new post and start work on the next three-line, 17-syllable stanza utilizing a theme, image, etc. used by that faster newest post. Makes sense, right? :wink:

With that, I will begin as the starting poet:

behind eyes fever
burns and reminds pain-bearer
of mortality
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Unread postby Rhiannon » Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:19 pm

Sorry for the delay in getting into this!

depression cool in the blood
useless to wounds hot like coals
"For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue."
— Margaret Cho
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:37 pm

Here's an attempt at resurrection! :D

light from the brazier
fades while the censer's fragrant
spirit still rises
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby WuLordoftheNewAge » Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:15 pm

And as the spirit leaves earth
It knows not where it's going
Pang Tong: So I wonder what this place is called?
Sign by road: "Place where Pang Tong gets killed"
Pang Tong: Hmmm... I have a bad feeling about this place...

On Fallen Phoenix Slope.
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:49 pm

no signpost or map
signifies appropriate
approaches or paths
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby WuLordoftheNewAge » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:03 pm

And it's thus the soul is lost
Like in that work of Rob Frost

Yay, off rhyme!
Pang Tong: So I wonder what this place is called?
Sign by road: "Place where Pang Tong gets killed"
Pang Tong: Hmmm... I have a bad feeling about this place...

On Fallen Phoenix Slope.
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby WeiWenDi » Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:10 pm

The promises we keep
Mark ev'ry passing mile, like
Insomniac prayers
Some more blood, Chekov. The needle won't hurt, Chekov. Take off your shirt, Chekov. Roll over, Chekov. Breathe deeply, Chekov. Blood sample, Chekov! Marrow sample, Chekov! Skin sample, Chekov! If I live long enough... I'm going to run out of samples.
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:53 pm

I ridicule this life, try
"to sleep, perchance to dream"--why?
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby WeiWenDi » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:48 pm

Helsingør's revenge:
When the universe is mad,
Only I am sane.
Some more blood, Chekov. The needle won't hurt, Chekov. Take off your shirt, Chekov. Roll over, Chekov. Breathe deeply, Chekov. Blood sample, Chekov! Marrow sample, Chekov! Skin sample, Chekov! If I live long enough... I'm going to run out of samples.
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Re: Cooperative Linked Poem II

Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:32 pm

from time to time, laxatives
may help balance the humours
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