Now the clock
hands have spun
forward, an extra
hour’s worth of sun-
light has my nose
smearing windows,
spotting miniature
mountains in mud-
dy grass, patches
clawed and dug
by myopic moles
in their hungry hunt
for worms and
beetles. My ears
detect a rhythm,
tap and hammer
of a woodpecker,
precise percussion
of dawn chorus,
vigorous pulse
of unkempt garden,
wild and alive.

Kim M. Russell, 2nd April 2017


Image found on http://www.telegraph.co.uk (I haven’t been able to capture them on camera!)

On day 2 of The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompts, we are looking at the long, thin poem.

We have been asked to take a page in our notebooks and fold it in half lengthways so it’s long and thin. If we write on A4, we should fold our page in quarter and, if we write on a laptop, we shouldn’t type across more than a quarter of the screen.

When writing our poems we should remember to take into account what these short lines are doing and how they change what we’re saying. Do they slow the poem down? Do they encourage enjambment? What happens to rhyme with such short lines? Whatever we do, we shouldn’t just write one of our normal poems and change the line breaks after — The Poetry School will know!

For inspiration, we have been asked to look at AR Ammons’ ‘Love Song’ and the power he gives his single-word lines: 


And for an example of what we can do with rhyme and sound in a long, thin poem, an example is Kay Ryan’s Blandeur: 



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