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Creativity Forms Verses ~ Atoz

David  of The Skeptic’s Kaddish and Sangeetha of Mindfills began a fun poetry partnership in April. We celebrated writing together a 100 verse renga The Hyakuin, Ripples.  And within days, decided we would absolutely love to continue our writing collaboration and celebrate what has grown to be a warm friendship with new poetry projects.

We decided to explore poetry forms. A to Z. Each week one of us chooses a poetry form the other responds to. We completed our first series Form verses creativity in June ’22. We knew we’re on to something. So we wrote the next set of poetry forms A to Z ~ Creativity Verses Form. Here, we added a little twist for version2.0, with a key word starting with the same letter.

And now, and in December ’22, we’re onto our fourth collaborative writing project ~ Creativity Forms Verses. To form verses, we turned to creativity, inventing new poetry forms, A through to Z.

For ‘A’, David created the ‘Atoz’ form.


A: Atoz
David’s Atoz
After Breakfast, I Call to my Daughter:
TimE's Flying! We've Got to get going now!
SHe resIsts my firm nudging JoKingly:
Let's Make browNies Or Pecan pie instead!
Quite the cleveR little raScal, this girl...
I'm quiTe AmUsed but also rather Vexed;
She Won't outfoX me this time- Not again!
Irked, I saY: you know Zebra cake's my fave!
Sangeetha’s Atoz
At aBout 9, my daughter CalleD
"Ma, your poEms are oF course alriGht
But tHe sIte needs a reJig y'Know
Let Me desigN yOur 'Mindfills' Page;
QuiRk it up a bit; Shift this to there;
Tweak the font, Up the Volume!"
This Wizard of mine used her eXpertise
And deftlY jaZzed up this very site.

Atoz?
  • One stanza of 8 lines;
  • No word count; no syllable count; no required rhyme or rhythm;
  • Each line must include certain letters of the alphabet in a certain order, as follows:
    1. A, B, C, D,
    2. E, F, G,
    3. H, I, J, K,
    4. L, M, N, O, P,
    5. Q, R, S,
    6. T, U, V,
    7. W, X,
    8. Y, Z
  • These letters can be put anywhere in any word in their lines. They need not be the first letters of their words; and any word may contain more than one letter, as long as they remain in order;
  • The required letters must all be CAPITALIZED and bolded, regardless of where they fall;
  • All required letters must be in order in each line.
    • For example, if the first word in the first line is “bang”, only the “A” in “bang” would count for that line because the “B” must occur after the “A”.
    • On the other hand, if the first word in the first line is “about”, both the “A” and the “B” would count towards the requirements of the “Atoz” – because they are in the correct order.

Read all in our series. We would be absolutely delighted if you write an Atoz 🙂 Do share.

A ~ Atoz

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20 responses to “Creativity Forms Verses ~ Atoz”

  1. I saw this over at David’s site the other night and was delighted. It’s such a whimsical poetic duet and shows how fun poetry can be. Well done to both you and David. Also, I like the new look of your blog. 🙂

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