The Poetry Games
by Greg Pincus
This year the arena is packed to the rafters
With fans cheering loudly for favorite word crafters.
We all have our heroes. We call out their names.
We root and we hoot at the Poetry Games.
Our friends tell us stories of tourneys gone by
When last second sonnets would make the crowds cry.
When two well-versed poets both wrote clerihew…
When strong double dactyls defeated haiku.
Now, this year we listen and hear poets score
With assonance, consonance, slant rhyme and more.
We sigh for a stanza that sends our souls soaring.
We hide as the similes fall like rain pouring.
Crowd favorites emerge from the tales that they tell
In free verse, in ballad, and in villanelle.
A triolet sends one opponent to doom.
Another one drops to a perfect pantoum.
Soon only two stand. We all watch them fight on.
Nobody leaves as they write until dawn.
Then they lay down their pens in this battle of brains…
And a winner is named! Pandemonium reigns!
These Games are a fiction, though here’s what is real:
The power of poems to make us all feel.
Poetry speaks of the world as we know it,
So celebrate words, and go cheer for a poet.
One of the first poetry forms Greg mentioned is clerihew. After some quick research (thank you, wikipedia.org!) I learned that a clerihew is a four lined poem invented in the late 1920s by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. It is typically biographical and whimsical, often poking fun at a famous person. While I am nowhere close to being famous, many of you don't know me yet, so as a means of introduction, I will attempt a clerihew about me.
by Melinda Harvey
My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Harvey
makes 5th graders from 3rd grade larvae
Though she may cause many tensions
It's true that she has good intentions!
Well, one down, 29 to go! If my intentions stay true, I will see you here again tomorrow with a new poem form. In the meantime, you can try a clerihew. Kenn Nesbitt offers a great tutorial at http://www.gigglepoetry.com/poetryclass/clerihew.htm. If you don't have plans for this month, consider joining me on this National Poetry Month challenge. I would love to see what forms you play with! Leave your attempt in the comments!