Gratitudes, Musings

DIY Mythmaking and a New Poetic Form

I’ve been thinking about my poetic process, looking through some of the neglected poems that I want to figure out how to publish, and realizing that quite a number of my poems are myth-making poems. I use poetry as a DIY Mything process, taking my own experiences and observations and transmuting them into myths. This thought is tangling with the threads of my current morning writing project of working with the Inanna story. Storytelling, writing, speaking–this whole language gig–is all about how we make meaning in the world. Art, too, as a communicative process, is about charging existence with meaning.


Gratitude List:
1. Meaning-making, DIY Myth-making, poetry, art, communication
2. Participating in a Literary Festival, listening, learning, absorbing
3. Good writing
4. How the sun shines in
5. Oak trees

May we walk in Beauty!


I’ve been thinking again about the process of poetry. In my AP Literature class recently, I have had the students choose a poetic form, no matter how lofty and traditional or edgy and nonsensical, to teach to the class. We’ve had some delightful lessons this week, learning the Magic 9 and the Nonet and the Rondeau and the Fib, among others. Yesterday, we found ourselves with a little extra time after the presentations, and we were ready to do our own thing, so we spent half the period creating our own poetic form! We developed our own rules for our own Lit Poetic Form. The process was delicious and intensely collaborative. At the end, we came up with this:

Lit Poem
Two stanzas of seven lines each.
It’s a word-count poem, with the following pattern:
Stanza 1: 1, 3, 5, 7, 5, 3, 1 (It makes a diamond shape)
Stanza 2: 7, 5, 3, 1, 3, 5, 7 (This one makes an hourglass form)
When you put them together, they look somewhat like a lit candle. (Get it?)
The rhyme scheme goes like this:
Stanza 1: abcxcba (in which x is random and unrhymed)
Stanza 2: cbaxabc (in which x is also random, and not necessarily rhymed with the first x)

This is how we make meaning. We spent twenty minutes collaboratively creating a world, complete with its order and purpose. Now we have to write the poems to prove its viability.

3 thoughts on “DIY Mythmaking and a New Poetic Form”

  1. I’m going to catch up with all this weeks entries today. I love the idea of creating mythology and it seems to me there is a memoir book out there that suggests the same thing. I love the tale of Innana and how it crosses cultures each with it’s own twist and names. I have always loved the idea of going deep especially in these chilly months. It is a time of contemplation and inner work. The older I get the more I value what keeps me on the journey deliberately and thoughtfully. I’m going to take a jab at your form. I think it’s very creative. Honestly I’d love to be one of your students. And lastly your gratitude lists always inspire me. Thanks Beth.

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    1. Thank you, Reni! We got started on writing our own collaborative version on Thursday, but we only got into one stanza. during little breaks at the MU Literary Festival on Thursday evening and Friday, I tried working on one, but I keep getting stuck. The rhyme scheme is fun, but a challenge.

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