Friday, January 08, 2016

A Crown of Sonnets

For the past several months my Poetry Sisters have been working madly behind the scenes, creating a Crown of Sonnets. That's seven linked sonnets, each one starting with the ending line of the one that came before, the last one ending with the first line of the first, in a wonderful circle. Wow. We did it once before, several years ago, and were just crazy enough to try it again, after a full year of writing different forms together every month in 2015.

I am in a new job since July of this year, however, and this term has me racing just to keep my feet on the ground as I learn a new library, new campus, new faculty and new student body. So for this round of sonnet writing, I took a back seat. I'm in the cheering section this month, just promoting what my amazing poet sisters have done. Really, you need to sit back and take some time to explore this remarkable ensemble. You can read each sonnet individually at the blogs, and then re-read the whole crown in sequence at Trisha's blog.

The organizing subject for the crown was the Periodic Table of the Elements. Each sonnet takes a row and goes to town. And isn't it fitting that we have just heard they've completed filling in the seventh row with newly named elements! Are they on point, or what?

Here are the links:

Row 1: Laura Purdie Salas
Row 2:Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Row 3: Sara Lewis Holmes
Row 4: Kelly Fineman
Row 5: Liz Garton Scanlon
Row 6: Tanita Davis
Row 7: Tricia gives the whole Crown at once

Wowza!! After you catch your breath from that extravaganza, a little more fun: Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference has the Poetry Friday Roundup!