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!


tanita✿davis said...

Looking forward to when you can rejoin us again - on something a little less fraught than a crown.

Tara said...

Happy New Year, Andi - now, I'm off to check out the sonnet.

Mary Lee said...

I'm sorry you weren't able to take part, but I am cheering for YOU because you made the wise (and probably hard) decision to step back and not fill your plate full to the the point of overflowing. A lesson I can learn from you: It's okay to say no sometimes.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Hey, Andi! Your Periodic Table graphic is the most colorful and reminds me best what the rows are like. Knowing when to take a back seat is a wisdom I'm coming late to...I admire you for being there already! I wish you a peaceful and productive 2016--may some of the newness but none of the excitement wear off!

Tricia said...

We missed you, Andi, but know how important it is to take time for the most important things in your life. I'm glad you took time for your boys and yourself. We will keep writing and can't wait for you to rejoin us.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thanks for the encouragement, friends! We will be writing poetry together all through 2016 again, and I am so excited to be part of this!