Cooperative Linked Poem

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Cooperative Linked Poem

Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Thu Mar 06, 2003 4:53 pm

This activity is open to all SOSZ members! :D

Let's write a linked poem. (We can use a sort of renga/renku-style poem for a model, although the English language cannot really match the Japanese conventions.)

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:

air sounds raw, sore when
blown through unemotional
dark, metallic ducts
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Unread postby Seven at One Stroke » Thu Mar 06, 2003 6:05 pm

though scarred by the ancient rust
in the path, it keeps moving
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Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Thu Mar 06, 2003 9:54 pm

even in secure
tombs, emperors cannot spare
one blade from decay
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Unread postby Rhiannon » Fri Mar 07, 2003 1:27 am

crumbling in memories
such songs fade in hushed prayers
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Unread postby animetayl » Fri Mar 07, 2003 2:11 pm

The prayers of our hearts
Are as ever-blooming flowers
Never to fade
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Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:32 pm

young blossoms rarely foresee
that late freeze which would slay them
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Unread postby animetayl » Sat Mar 08, 2003 11:30 am

The late Winter's frost
Come as the footsteps of death
Spring hath no foothold
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Unread postby Tianshan Zi » Wed Mar 12, 2003 7:30 pm

through confusing corridors
we march on, eternally
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Unread postby Seven at One Stroke » Thu Mar 13, 2003 1:50 am

tracing the footprints
of others, lest we become lost
in this endless maze
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Unread postby Rhiannon » Thu Mar 13, 2003 1:59 am

we chase tracks misplaced in time
seeking truths untold in stone
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