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Bianca , the creator of the wonderful book of poetry forms that I use as the basis of my research and many newsletters, has offered to be my guest editor for this issue of the Poetry Newsletter. May I please present *drum roll* Bianca Boonstra (in place of Viv, who is filling in for the regular editor). Hope things aren't too confusing.
Passion for Poetry, and The Jozzonet . . .
First, I would like to thank Vivian: publisher, author for this opportunity to be a guest editor for the Poetry Newsletter.
When I started to write in English, I never thought I would start to write poetry. Stronger put: I used to hate the lessons in Dutch and English literature, where we had to break poems down piece by piece to find out the true meaning of the poet’s words. I joined a small writing group and got acquainted with forms like haiku, the septet etcetera. What they did not tell me in that group was that once you started to write poetry, your hunger to learn more would never stop.
The Internet has proven to be a wonderful resource, especially the website of Jan Haag. Her collection of poetry forms has grown to almost 400 different forms. Her goal is to write poetry in every form that can be found and used in English. I still can learn a lot from her.
But in my search for forms I also found that it was tough to find good explanations. In 2002, I started to write my first explanations and I stashed them in a journal on Writing.Com Throughout the years it grew to over 60 explanations.
Troubles with my hand forced me to take a leave of absence. I made the mistake to delete my port on Writing.Com. And I took with me a large source for many poets. A mistake I needed to make, so it seems. I still have these troubles with my hand, but I had to use the time off line to find out my goal in life. Besides being a homemaker, a mother, a tutor (especially for my youngest son), and an artist, I am an educator. A writer. I might not be a good writer, but I am a writer. And this writer has a bag of luggage carrying with her. Vivian: publisher, author contacted me and asked if she had my permission to share explanations out of my journal. She saw the value of it and the need to keep the members of Writing.Com informed. She even sent me the newsletter, and made me realize that I had a goal on this website.
As I write this ( 03-03-05), I am back as a black case author. In my first week I have received a lot of welcome back messages from my friends here on the site. They made me speechless.
In between I started to write as I found the – for me so necessary – inspiration to write again. I entered "The Writer's Cramp" by Sophy and gathered my first giftpoints. Within a few days I was asked to host Poetry week again. Now I missed that journal, can you imagine that!!! But I said yes, and MOO for President and hooves is away helped me to stash up some giftpoints so I could host at least three Poetry weeks in a row. Much work needs to be done though, as the explanations need to go back online again. But we’ll get there.
In the mean time I have written poetry in Dutch, and extended my search to Dutch poetry forms. I found one form that I would like to share with you in this newsletter: the Jozzonet.
How to write: The Jozzonet
The Jozzonet is a Dutch form developed by Joz Knoop. The Jozzonet has an odd number of lines. The middle line of the poem functions as mirror. (source: www.nederlands.nl)
As snow, melting in the sun,
your voice fades away, I hang up the phone.
Words of hate, beating in my mind
leaving scars behind on my soul, so hard to heal these
words of hate, beating in my mind.
Your voice fades away, I hang up the phone
as snow, melting in the sun.
© Bianca 2005
Note that you have to think over what you write before you start this form. It is not so easy, as the entire content has to make sense. The sentences have to flow; otherwise the poem will not be more than just a bunch of words, mirrored. It is worth the time to try it, and I hope that Viv will highlight some of your entries in her next newsletter.
Thank you, Viv, once again!
Warm regards, and keep on writing!
Thank you, Bianca.
Some of My Favorite Poets on W.Com
Please visit the ports of these writers, who are known for their poetry:
I didn't have time to pick any items from our site for this issue, but you'll find some beautiful, interesting, and/or unique poetry in the ports of the poets listed above.
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Please try the Jossonet and send me the bitem links.
Until next time, read and write beautiful poetry.
Vivian: publisher, author
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