Experimental Poetry Form: Stair step

This experimental poetry form is called stair step.  The form has twelve lines.  Each line has two words.  There is a line break between each line.  The first line is not indented.  The second line is indented two spaces.  The third line is indented four spaces.  The fourth line is indented six spaces.  This continues, with each line being indented two spaces more than the line before it, until the twelfth line, which is indented twenty two spaces.

When using the form, a poet could make the lines a broken up sentence or series of sentences, or they may choose to have each line be more independent to some degree.  Also, the lines could be self-contained or need other lines for context.  There is a lot of choice in the use of the form.

Here is an example poem written in the form.

There’s hope,

  waiting here,

    with wonderment,

      and silence.

        Will this,

          all this,

            somehow work,

              somehow flow,

                and life,

                  will change,

                    and waiting,

                      will cease?

P.S. Do you like this experimental poetry form? Are you thinking about writing a poem using it? Why not write one and send it to M. Sakran for consideration? If M. Sakran likes it, it might get published on this blog. See the Considerations page for more information.

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Artwork to inspire poetry: Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This artwork is of a grilled cheese sandwich.  Although in some sense mundane, it can inspire significant poetry.

For example, a poet could write about a single parent who can’t cook, who makes a grilled cheese sandwich for their child.

Or, a poet could write about a homeless person, who eats a grilled cheese sandwich at a shelter.

Or, a poet could write about a latchkey child, who makes themselves a grilled cheese sandwich when they are home alone.

Through a grilled cheese sandwich, a poet could explore issues such as single parenthood, homelessness, and latchkey children.  There are also other issues that could be looked at.

P. S. Have you thought of a poem that uses a grilled cheese sandwich? If so, why not send it in to M. Sakran for consideration?  It might get published on this blog.  See the Considerations page for more information.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a spider between pine needles

a spider between pine needles

This is a photograph of a spider between pine needles.  One poetry idea that could come from this photograph would be to write a poem about being biracial.  The spider is between two things and that idea could give the inspiration to write a poem about a person who is between two races.  A similar idea might be to write a poem about an immigrant who lives between two cultures (the one they left, and the one they are in).

P.S.  Did you know that you can send M. Sakran a poem for consideration?  If M. Sakran likes the poem, it might be published on this blog.  You could perhaps write a poem inspired by this photograph.  See the Considerations page for more information.

Bilingual Poem: Water

What do you want?

  Water, please.

Water?

  Yes, water.

You have to pay for water.

  Why?

Because.

 

¿Qué quiere?

  Agua, por favor.

Agua?

  Sí, aqua.

Tiene pagar por agua.

  ¿Por qué?

Por qué.

 

P.S. Would you like an opportunity to have a poem published on M. Sakran’s blog?  If so, see the Considerations page for more information.

Poetry topic idea: deception

Today’s poetry topic idea is deception.  There are different ways to look at deception and different ways to use the idea in poetry.

Deception could obviously be looked at negatively.  Think about someone deceiving a loved one, friend, or business associate.

Alternatively, deception could be looked at as cleverness.  Think about using a deceptive move to win a chess match.

Also alternatively, deception could be looked at positively.  Think about a good guy deceiving some sort of enemy to make it through some situation.

In a poem, a poet could apply the idea of deception in many ways.  Some examples include:

  • A company deceiving workers about something of importance to those workers.
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  • A child using deception to hide something from their parent.
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  • Deception in a relationship where one person is cheating on another.
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  • A criminal being deceived by their victim who then turns the situation around.
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  • A bird using a deceptive call to sound like another bird.

P. S. Have you been considering sending in a poem to M. Sakran for consideration? Not sure what category to use or specific post to apply?  What about this one?  Why not write a poem that uses deception as an idea and send it to M. Sakran for consideration?  If M. Sakran likes it, it might get published on this blog.  See the Considerations page for more information.

Poem with an explanation: For the night

A blue plastic tarp,
hung over the rope.
Red flannel is buttoned,
as shoes push soil,
there below the bridge.

 

This poem has a few elements in its explanation.

First, the poem is about homelessness.  It describes a scene.  A homeless person is making their camp in the grass beneath a bridge.

The first two lines describe the person making their shelter – they are making a crude tent.

The third line describes the person protecting themselves from the cold.  It is as if the person is going through whatever motions they can to keep warm.  In this instance, they button their shirt.

The fourth line describes the person making their bed.  Their bed is just the place beneath the tent where the person cleared the soil away with their feet.

The last line gives the location and is meant to make clear the point that this is the scene of a homeless person.  The person is camping under a bridge.

In a second element, this poem was inspired by the Artwork to inspire poetry: The purple flower.  The flower is purple.  In the poem, the colors blue and red are mentioned.  Blue and red mixed together are purple.  Also, in the poem, the man is going to sleep in the soil.  Just like a flower seed or bulb would be put in the soil.  Lastly, the artwork has a flat appearance.  The man is going to lie down flat and sleep.

In a third element, this poem uses the Experimental Poetry Form: Five right aligned lines.  As the form stipulates, there are five lines, the lines are right aligned, and each line has four words.

In a fourth element, this poem is a good (although not perfect) example of the type of poem that can be sent in for consideration.  Currently, as readers should know, readers can each send a poem to M. Sakran for consideration.  M. Sakran will read the poems and may choose one to publish on this blog.  Please see the Considerations page for more information about sending in a poem for consideration.

Some reasons this poem is a good example of what can be sent in are:

  It’s a poem (as opposed to something else).

  It uses the categories of Artwork Inspiration and Experimental Poetry Form as a basis.

  It contains no first person personal pronouns, foul language, real brand names nor names of real people or businesses without their consent.

  It was not published anywhere else before.

  It is not going to be sent anywhere for consideration.

  M. Sakran does have the copyright to the poem.

  The poem is short.

  The poem has no outside references (references to specific things not explained in the poem).

  To a degree the poem “hits”.  In some respect, this quality is not as strong as it could be, but it is there at least to a point.  The poem does lack a little contrast for this quality.

  The poem isn’t too obscure.  The scene is described well enough that a reader can understand what is going on.  There is a little obscurity to it, but not too much.

  The poem references a social issue.  It describes an aspect of a person’s condition.  As far as saying something about humanity or society, this poem comes close in this respect.  It could actually have more of an insight to it.

  The line breaks make sense.

  The poem uses more than one category from the blog.

  The poem does not have a complex structure laid out on the page.

  The poem does have form elements from the use of an experimental poetry form.

  The poem isn’t too personal.

  The poem isn’t too controversial.

  The poem does reach a conclusion.

If you would like to send a poem to M. Sakran for Consideration, please go to the Considerations page for more information.

Poem: Fish food reality

The goldfish,
turned yellow,
when they learned,
what was really in,
fish food.

 

P.S.  Guess what?  Right now, you can send a poem to M. Sakran for consideration.  If M. Sakran likes your poem, it might be published on this blog.  Isn’t that an amazing opportunity?

If you’re interested in such amazement, then go to the Considerations page to learn more.  While the information on the page is a little long, the basic idea is pretty simple.  It’s basically three steps:

  1. Choose something from one or more of the following categories on this blog: Artwork Inspiration, Photo Inspiration, Poetry Topic Ideas, or Experimental Poetry Form.
  2.  

  3. Write a poem using that something.
  4.  

  5. Send the poem to M. Sakran.

That’s really the basic idea.  It’s easy.  Just see the Considerations page for more information.

An important correction and A photograph to inspire poetry: Insect wrapped around part of an evergreen bush

Before the photograph part of this post, there is an important correction to make.  In the 1000th Day Blog Post, there are rules for considerations (poems sent in for consideration).  There is a very bad typo in rule #6.  The rule should say:

The poem must not contain foul language.

Please forgive the confusion and any misunderstanding.  It was just an accidental typographical error.

This does pose a small problem however.  Up until this point, no blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, has been altered past the date it was posted.  This policy has been in place for a variety reasons.  Although altering the post would seem to be the thing to do in this situation, there is some desire on M. Sakran’s part to keep the rule in place if possible.

With that in mind, for the rest of the duration of this consideration time period, please see the new Considerations page for information on how to send in a poem for consideration.  It has the same information about considerations as the 1000th Day blog post, just with the correction, a small edit and a different introductory part.

Thank you all and please forgive the error.

Now back to the photograph.

Insect wrapped around part of an evergreen bush

This is a photograph of an insect wrapped around a part of an evergreen bush.  There are a few poetry ideas that could come from this.

For example, a poet could write about the idea of wrapping around.  They could apply this idea to a comforting situation, for example, a person wrapping a blanket around themselves.  They could look at it more metaphorically, and write about a situation wrapping around someone.

Another idea that could come from this photograph, is the idea of holding on.  In this photograph, the insect is holding on to the bush.  The idea of holding on to something could be applied to many different types of situations and be used in poetry.

In another idea, a poet could be inspired to write about place.  This insect is in a very specific place – at the end of a part of an evergreen bush.  It is right there, near the tip.  The idea of a specific place could be applied to poetry.  A person could write about someone in some type of well-defined location.

 

Bilingual Poem: Doggie addiction

The poodle,
should have known better,
when the bulldog,
on the corner,
said the first dog biscuit,
was free.

 

El perro de lanas,
debe haber sabía major,
cuándo el dogo,
en la esquina,
dijo el primer magdalena de perro,
estuvo gratis.

 

P.S.  Did you know that readers can currently send M. Sakran poems for consideration?  It’s true.  You can send a poem to M. Sakran, and it might get published on this blog.  If you’d like to learn more about this, read the 1000th day post.

A Milestone and The first consideration: The 1000th Day

Today is a most momentous day.  It is the 1000th day since the first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Celebrate!

In light of this most momentous day, something new is happening.  This is the first time (and maybe the last and maybe not) that considerations will be considered for M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  This has been something that M. Sakran has been considering doing for a while, and today seems like a good day to try it.

What’s a consideration?

A consideration is something that a person sends in for consideration.  Other sites may call this a submission.  M. Sakran prefers the word consideration.

This is the first time M. Sakran will be considering considerations for M. Sakran’s blog.  For a set length of time, M. Sakran will be considering poems that are sent in for consideration.  Whether considerations will ever be considered again, depends on how this experience goes.

If you would like the opportunity to have a poem considered and possibly published on M. Sakran’s blog, then please read on for details in a question and answer format.

What can be sent in for consideration?

  Poetry.

How many poems can a person send in for consideration?

  Just one per consideration time period.

How does a person send in a poem for consideration?

  By using the form at the end of this post.

What are the requirements for considerations?

  1) Only poetry will be considered.

  2) Only one poem per person will be considered during a consideration time period.

  3)  The poem must be sent using the form below.

  4)  On M. Sakran’s blog there have been, among others, the categories of:

    Artwork Inspiration

    Experimental Poetry Form

    Photo Inspiration

    Poetry Topic Ideas

  Any poem sent in for consideration must be based off of items from one or more of these categories.

  What this means is, is that a person thinking about sending in a poem for consideration, should look at the items in one or more of the categories above.  For example, they might pick to look at the blog posts in the category of Artwork Inspiration.  The person should find one item they like, for example, the most recent artwork, The purple flower, and write a poem based off of it.  This is the poem they send in for consideration.  The poem idea does not need to come from any of the specific suggestions in the post, it just needs to be based off of the artwork, photograph, poetry topic idea, or use an experimental poetry form.  A person can use more than one category to write their poem, but they can’t use the same category more than once for a poem.

  This requirement is part of what makes the considerations on M. Sakran’s blog special.

  5)  The poem must not contain a certain one letter word that is a first person personal pronoun.  This word is also the ninth letter of the alphabet (the one between h and j).  The letter can appear in the poem, but the word cannot. (This rule may sound a bit odd, especially as it does not mention the word it prohibits, but trust that there is a reasoning for the rule.)

  6)  The poem must contain foul language.

  7)  The poem must not contain real brand names.

  8)  The poem must not contain the names of real people or businesses without their consent.

  9)  The poem cannot have been published anywhere else before.  This includes any form of self-publication.

  10)  Once a poem has been sent for consideration, it cannot be simultaneously sent for consideration anywhere else while it is being considered.  For the purposes of this rule, people can consider their poem as being considered, for this first consideration time period, until the end of the day on February 24, 2017.

  11)  The person sending in a poem must have the copyright to the poem.

  12)  The person sending in a poem must have a working email address.

  13)  As a condition of sending in a poem, a person grants M. Sakran the right to retain their poem and other relevant information (i.e. all of the information in the consideration form) until either one of the poems sent in during the consideration time period has been published, or a decision has been made not to publish any of the poems.  Once a poem from the consideration time period has been published, or a decision has been made not to publish any of the poems sent in during the time period, information regarding declined poems (including the poems themselves), will not be retained by M. Sakran.

  14)  A poem cannot be published anywhere, including self-published, while it is under consideration.

What happens if a poem sent in does not follow the guidelines?

  It will be declined.

How many poems will be accepted?

  At most, just one.  It is possible no poem will be accepted.

How long is the consideration time period?

  For this first consideration time period, the time period will be one month.  That means poems can be sent in from January 18, 2017 through February 18, 2017.  This is the time period that people can send in a poem.  People should consider their poems under consideration until the end of the day February 24, 2017.

Are there any suggestions for what makes a good consideration?

  Yes.  The following are some guidelines for what may increase the chance that M. Sakran will like your consideration.  These are guidelines.  They are not rules like above.  Not following a rule, means a poem will be declined.  Not following a guideline does not necessarily mean a poem will be declined.  Following all of the guidelines does not necessarily mean a poem will be accepted, but it does increase the likelihood.

    1)  Shorter is generally better.  Something around 15 lines or so would be ideal.  The idea is to get the point across succinctly.

    2)  Don’t have outside references.  Don’t mention buildings, names, locations or other things that a reader might have to look up.

    3)  Have the poem “hit”.  Poems should hit.  They should make a point, or have an insight, or say something.  This isn’t always something deep.  It could be something funny.  The poem should clearly get it across though.

    4)  Don’t be too obscure.  A poem that has to be read five times before it makes sense isn’t the best idea.

    5)  Say something about humanity or society.  Even if the poem is about a small scene, try and say something about the larger world.

    6)  Have line breaks that mean something.  If a line of poem doesn’t make sense without reading part of the next line, and this was not done for poetic effect, then it should be changed.  Lines, for the most part, should be complete thoughts.

    7)  Using more than one category (see requirement number 4 above) is better.  Using all four, in a clever, creative, and not forced way, would be pretty good.

    8)  Due to the limitations of the considerations form, it might be best not to send in a poem that has a complex structure laid out on the page. The form accepts line breaks and the html tag that looks line & n b s p ; without the spaces for indentations. If the structural form is more complex than that, it is alright, just explain it in the box entitled “Anything else you want to say?”

    9)  Using poetry forms (haiku, sonnets, etc.) or form elements (rhyme, meter, etc.) is alright.  If done well, it can make a poem seem better.

    10)  Don’t have a poem that’s too personal.  The poem should be relatable to a wide audience.  It’s alright to have a personal poem, as long as it speaks to something bigger.

    11)  Don’t have any subject matter or message that’s too controversial.  Don’t have a poem message that you think half the people who read it would disagree with.

    12)  Have the poem go somewhere.  Don’t have a poem that doesn’t come to some conclusion and that doesn’t progress.

When will a person know if their poem is the one that’s accepted?

  The last day to send a poem in for consideration is February 18, 2017.  If a person’s poem is accepted, they will be notified by Friday February 24, 2017, unless there is a delay.  If there is a delay, it will be noted on M. Sakran’s blog sometime between February 20, 2017 and February 24, 2017, inclusive of those dates.

If a poem is accepted, when will it be published?

  This depends on a number of things, but would most likely be within a week or two after a poem has been accepted.

Will people be notified that their poem has not been accepted?

  Unfortunately no.  M. Sakran realizes the difficulty that this causes, but from M. Sakran’s perspective, it would just be too difficult to send out decline emails.  If a person does not hear back about their poem by the end of the day Friday, February 24, 2017, it means it was declined.  At this point, the person can send their poem out to other places if they wish.

Does it cost anything to send in a poem for consideration?

  There is no fee charged by M. Sakran.

What happens when a poem is accepted?

  M. Sakran will notify the person who sent in the poem. If everything works out, the poem will be published in a post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry related things.

Does a person get anything if their poem is published?

  First, just to be clear, M. Sakran can’t pay anything (money or otherwise) to a person if their poem is accepted.  The person does get and may get somethings though:

    1)  They get their poem published.

    2)  They get a publishing credit (they can say someone else published their poem).

    3)  They may get a short biography about themselves published with the poem.  This biography may contain links to a person’s blog, website, etc.

    4)  The person may get the opportunity to explain their poem in a blog post on this blog, per the idea of Poem with explanation, as seen on this blog.

    5)  The person may get their poem and some other information mentioned in the news section on MSakran.com.

What does a person have to do once their poem is accepted?

  If M. Sakran wants to accept a person’s poem, that person must:

  1) Verify that they meet all of the requirements listed above.

  2) Must respond to M. Sakran in a timely manner.

  3) Grant M. Sakran the right to publish their poem on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things indefinitely, including linking to sites the person may operate.  As a note, if a poem is accepted, the person retains the copyright to it.  A right is simply being granted in relation to that copyright.

  4) Grant M. Sakran the right to publish a biography about the person on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things indefinitely.

  5) Grant M. Sakran the right to retain their poem and other relevant information for recording keep purposes.  This will only be done for the accepted poem.

  6) Grant M. Sakran the right to mention their poem, themselves, and possibly to link to their various sites for a less than indefinite time period in the news section on MSakran.com.  The time period will be discussed with a person if their poem has been accepted.

If anyone has any questions about this process, please use the form on the Contact Page.  Although you may not necessarily receive a response, if the question is general enough, the information that answers it, although not the question itself, may be posted on this blog.  Just check back.

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