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Wednesday, April 7, 2010


NaPoWriMo Day 7

For Read Write Poem

Today, Alan Summers wants us to write poems about “humor in love,” and he has a specific form in mind!
Write and capture humorous incidents related to love in a 5-line love poem called a tanka.
(You may even decide to create your own tanka journal for love poems!) Here’s how to write one:
1. Describe in concrete terms one or two simple images (two or three lines) from your humorous love encounter, not just what you saw but also what you tasted, touched, smelled or heard.
2. What were you were thinking at the time this love encounter happened? Write that down, too, as two or three lines, so you have five lines in total for the poem.
3. Think about making the third line of your poem into a pivot line, so that it links to both the previous two lines and to the final two lines.
4. Test the tanka by dividing it into two parts so the third line acts both as the last line of the first part and as the first line of the second part. Does each section make sense separately, and then together?
5. Think about reducing — and even avoiding — capitalization and punctuation because a tanka needn’t be like a sentence or merely a flat statement.

no over easy
my wife only does scrambled
use a non stick pan
its hardly rocket science
teflon she begs to differ
Form corrected from:

why ask for over easy
she gives me scrambled
use a non-stick pan
it’s hardly Rocket Science
she begs to differ

Condensed from:

My wife can’t fry eggs
I ask for over easy
She gives me scrambled

‘Use a non-stick pan
So I can dip my sausage
In the golden yokes
Huh, sausage; that’s a good one!
But that’s another story

‘Everybody knows;
It’s hardly Rocket Science’
… ‘I beg to differ’