OCTANKA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is the eve of National Poetry Day, when taken aback words must eat themselves up and poets put on their best hats just to doff them at each other.  As the door to the grotto has now been locked and I am blinking at the surface, it is time to move onto the next project with my Jerwood / Arvon Mentoring Scheme team.

Pushing off from National Poetry Day with the incredible Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson and Ian Dudley, we are spending the month writing a collapsible tanka correspondence.  Today, Deborah makes the first twist of the Rubik’s Cube, writing the opening lines of a tanka sequence that Ian will continue tomorrow and I will join on Friday:

tanka1The completed sequence will consist of both this linear conversation over thirty days AND each of our voices which can be heard in isolation as three parallel ten-line poems.  For instance, my poem will appear amongst the noise from @hollycorfield.  Deborah and Ian’s poems can be found at @debrisstevenson and @dudlian, respectively.  To manage the construction of this and to have the conversation in public, we will be talking to each other on Twitter, using #OCTANKA where the whole collaborative work will grow just to make sure everyone knows this is a digital engagement, you know.

Once the month closes and the poem stiffens up, I will post parts of it up here and we will see what sort of kraken we have awoken from the Octanka.  Until then, Happy Poetry Day!  And see you here.

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