Friday, April 05, 2019

Dyslexic insomniac poetry

Q: What do dyslexic insomniacs think about in the middle of the night?




A: Is there really a dog?

Ha Ha. Now that we are on the subject of anagrams, guess what the Poetry Princesses are tangling with this month? That's right, anagram poems! And whew, they are a doozy.

From our internet research we found four types of anagram poems:
  1. Word pairs made up of the same letters in different orders.
  2. Lines made up of the same set of words in different orders.
  3. When end words all use at least four letters from the words in the title.
  4. Anagram a poet's name to come up with the title and then write a poem to go with it.
I remembered a poem I have loved since I was in college that followed the second form above. It's by the Scottish poet Edwin Morgan, titled Opening the Cage: 14 Variations on 14 Words. Man, I love that poem. Take a moment to enjoy it right now.

For my poem I was thinking about April and how beautiful but mixed up and confusing the weather can be, which fits right in with mixing up a bunch of words and trying to find beauty.



April Weather

Good sunshine; but no fair breezes bringing a wind and fair blossoms.
Good wind brings fair blossoms, but no rain in sunshine or breezes.
Bring sunshine, good wind, and fair breezes, but no blossoms or rain!
Bring good blossoms but no wind, and rain in breezes of sunshine!

But fair wind or breezes in sunshine and no blossoms brings rain.
But no sunshine or good rain bringing fair breezes in wind and blossoms.
No breeze but a good wind brings blossoms in fair sunshine and rain.
No wind in sunshine, but fair rain and a good breeze brings blossoms.

                                                                            -Andromeda Jazmon



Check out what my Poetry Sisters have done with the anagram challenge: (Kelly Ramsdell is taking a break this month, but will be back!)

And please take some enjoyable time reading the other Friday Poetry posts hosted by Karen Edmisten.

10 comments:

Tricia said...

First, thank you for introducing me to a new poem. Second, just Wow! I don't know how you wrangled those words into so many variations that made sense. I'm now inspired by your work and am going to try this. Well done!

Teacher Dance said...

A new way for anagrams, one I didn't know. Sometimes it felt that you were trying to 'get it right' as was Edwin Morgan, then at last, that line of spring is one we all hope for, "No wind in sunshine, but fair rain and a good breeze brings blossoms." What fun it is, something to try!

tanita✿davis said...

LOL. "Is there a dog?"

Liz Garton Scanlon said...

Andi -- I think you chose the hardest way to do this! I love all the "but"s, all the twists and turns, the equivocating we do with Mother Nature. You nailed this.

laurasalas said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful woven basket of a poem, with the same words used over and over like reeds to twist and turn into this lovely shape. Beautiful, Andi!

Sara said...

I feel like this is me, in Spring, trying to "boss" the weather goddesses every dang day....and utterly failing at making Them behave.
You, however, have ruled this poetic form.

Linda said...

I really like all the repetition and the twists in your poem. Lovely work!

Ruth said...

Yes, Laura, a basket is the perfect metaphor for this poem!

Buffy Silverman said...

Wow--this must have been quite the puzzle to put together. And it works so well!

Karen E. said...

Love this. It sounds Shakespearean in its rhythm and wordplay. Wonderful!