Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Words Count With Mama Zen - Poem A Day Edition

Christine de Pizan was a Venetian-born late medieval author who challenged misogyny and stereotypes prevalent in the late medieval age. As a poet, she was well known and highly regarded in her own day; she completed 41 works during her 30 year career (1399–1429), and can be regarded as Europe’s first professional woman writer. She married in 1380, at the age of 15 and was widowed 10 years later. Much of the impetus for her writing came from her need to earn a living for herself and her three ...
Christine de Pizan Writing

Greetings, Toads!

Today, I would like you to write a double inverse Venetian sonnet using the traditional hexatonic goatameter. Your piece must include two nuns, a priest, a gopher, and a space / time paradox.  Please address either universal health care or twerking in the volta.

April Fool's!

How about you just surprise me . . . in 37 words or less.



20 comments:

Margaret said...

Honestly, you had me for a SPLIT second! ha ha . 38 "surprise" words seemed, all of a sudden, so EASY! :)

Susie Clevenger said...

Goodness, that was a scary thought I would have to attempt a sonnet of that description...lol

Kenia Cris said...

ahahahahahaha I swear I started reading and thinking: "I can't believe I won't be able to answer to the first day of NaPoWriMo here, this prompt sounds really difficult!"


You got me. I'm writing. I'll be back later. :*

jo-hanna said...

Oh how wonderful. That's the spirit!
We don't have to wish you 'a happy Muse', as you are clearly provided with one already :-)

Kerry O'Connor said...

My surprise is that April is Autumn in my part of the world.. No Spring poetry from me.

Fireblossom said...

Got to love that goatameter!

Karen said...

Hahahaha! Love it!

hedgewitch said...

*All* my poems are in scandanavian goatameter, and the poetic subject of twerking on the volta does indeed lack substantial exploration by our modern writers. Still...not going there. Mine will have to be for tomorrow, as I have already got today's little sacrificial offering to the gods of April up.

ccchampagne said...

Yikes! At first thought I should just turn and run (since I haven't done this in ages), but the goatameter made me pause just long enough to get to the end! Good one!

Ella said...

Clever, Mama Zen! I was laughing so hard I snorted cinnamon. Maybe that should be in my poem?! Hail Happy April-oh, damn I hope we don't have hail-I didn't mean it like that!

Kenia Cris said...

22 words for you MZ. If I wrote anything in less than that, it would be a line, not a poem. :)

Kiss

Sumana Roy said...

aww...i couldn't ignore nuns, priests and april fools..thanks MZ
:D

Helen said...

Priceless!

grapeling said...

I chose a goanameter rather than goatameter, because I feel that to go on a meter is much better that to go at one.

Other Mary said...

And a very happy April Fools' Day to you, Mama Z! :o)

Hannah said...

One "traditional hexatonic goatameter" coming right up!!

Nice one, MZ!!

Thank you for the challenge...I always enjoy "words count!"

Happy NaPoWriMo everyone!! :)

De said...

MAN, that was fun. I'm a fool for a good challenge. ;)

Happy April, ya'll!

manicddaily said...

Ha. Hi MZ. K.

Susan said...

Maybe the 21 words is a surprise? I'm still away from home. I'll be back again and again until I read all ... probably catch up early next week.

hedgewitch said...

A little late, but maybe that I actually was able to say anything in only 37 words is a surprise in itself. Two versions of the same poem, one snipped down to the required snapshot.