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The Pantoum & Other Poetics

Our reading, writing and crafting poetry workshop at the library last evening was soooooo wonderful and inspiring! Thank you to Dave, Beth, Ellie, Tammy, Jaylynne and Miller for joining us! Dorothy [Mahoney] was a stellar teaching – gifting us with the pantoum – a repetitive formulaic poetry that we followed to write our own poems!

Never heard of a pantoum? Neither had we! It’s got a formula to follow:

1

2

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2

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8

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3

8

1

So, essentially, you only have to write 8 lines, and then plug them into their respective numbers. You end up with four four-lined stanzas and a beautiful, rhythmic poem!

I wrote one for the hubby, as the intention in writing poetry at the workshop was to gift it!

Love Pantoum for my Husband

When you smile, my earth trembles with joy

Your eyes hold the blue of the sky

On your tongue sits the wisdom of your heart

But, oh, your love bursts forth in laughter

 

Your eyes hold the blue of the sky

In your arms our love is held strong

But, oh, your love bursts forth in laughter

We tumble in ecstasy in dog-haired sheets

 

In your arms our love is held strong

The morning is a welcoming of pleasure

We tumble in ecstasy is dog-haired sheets

Blissful moments make stars shine brighter

 

The morning is a welcoming of pleasure

On your tongue sits the wisdom of your heart

Blissful moments make stars shine brighter

When you smile, my earth trembles with joy

After we read poetry, talked about poetry, learned about the pantoum, then wrote one – we dove into the craft table to make gifts with our poetry!

We made decorative boxes to fill words to make poems out of. We used burlap and sight words to make hanging-wall poetry. It was so great to extend the creativity of poetry into the creativity of making a gift out of that poetry – to give to someone we love! I made a fun wall-hanging that I can’t show you…because the received of said gift may see it!! In any case, we achieved our goal of creating gifts out of poetry!

Another idea is to write poetry on your wrapping paper and tuck a poem into the gift! Thanks for this idea Dorothy!

The hand-written pantoun!

Giving creative books is also a great way to inspire poetry!

I feel like we could have kept writing and talking and crafting for another hour! Next time! I’ll be sure to post pics of the gifts I make over the holidays…or the things I make for our house because why the heck not? Giving home-made gifts feels soooo wonderful.

Do you have any book-ish, poetry-inspired gift ideas? Do share!

Happy gift-making and giving…and receiving too!

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