I Kiss By The Book

An imitation of Renaissance love sonnets that I wrote for a class on that exact subject. I wanted to sort of go against the worship-esque qualities that don’t quite fit in with modern society, so I wrote it from the perspective of a skeptic who’s read a lot of that type of poem. ABBAABBACDECDE scheme, fully iambic and pentametric except for the punctuating last syllables.

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Feast of Trumpets – A New World Awaits

A revamp of the blog after a while of not posting. No more Calvin and Hobbes (and not just because I ran out of images…I swear…) and a new age of poetry. Revisions will likely follow.

The poem (or, really, series of mini-poems) that is “Chill” was created by taking one line from the lyrics of each of the 100 songs in my “Chill” playlist, and trying to make some sort of cohesive story out of it. The source material for each line is in order in the playlist linked at the bottom.

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This one was fun to write. For the last 46 days (starting the saturday that ended the school year), I’ve written one line before I go to bed, or immediately upon waking up if I forgot. As long as I had the half-asleep state of mind. It was fun to try to portray that tired feeling through such short lines and such informal vocabulary, without any punctuation whatsoever. Also, I didn’t do any edits whatsoever on lines that I had written in previous days, so it’s very unrefined, but I think it has to be. Enjoy.

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“Pillow Thoughts”

I wrote this poem to explore, as part of a class assignment, the intricacies of using extremely short lines. Additionally, each stanza is composed of two tercets (groups of 3 lines), with 3-3-2 syllables, and an overall iambic metrical scheme. It was extremely difficult to make the rhyme work with so few words, but the second and third words of the first line and the last words of the second and third lines rhyme with their counterparts in the other tercet of each stanza. Lots of fun to write, but pretty hard, too.

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“Here I Lie”

A blank verse poem – first time I’m trying it out, as part of a class. Iambic pentameter without rhyme, structured into a poem about an alcoholic, escapist cinephile who’s resigned to the life he lives.

Possible updates/revisions to come on this one, as I love the way it’s starting out. Apologies for the ugly underlines; it seems to be the only way to get the correct indentation working.

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“Myth,” A Compilation

A pair of sonnets with the rhyme structure ABBA – CDDC – EFFE – GG. Additionally, they are both structured in iambic pentameter.

“Chimera” is a very different sonnet from “Phoenix,” as it explores the feeling of being multiracial in a non-post-racial society, and is laden with references and wordplays to achieve that goal. It is partially inspired by bits of rap and SLAM poetry, as well.

“Phoenix,” as part of a class assignment, required that I explore the etymology of the word “burn,” but I intended the poem to also explore the phenomenon of failure and the paradox of fruitless ambition.

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