Thursday, October 8, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 8

Today's suggested prompt is, Breaking Boundaries.

For me October Poetry Month has always been a place where I crossed boundaries. The boundary from not writing to writing. From hiding poems to sharing them online. To try out new forms, shapes, styles of poetry. To share my heart instead of only my brain.

Each of us has boundaries they are not willing to cross. Boundaries keep us safe. But do we ever question which boundaries are still relevant? Which ones we might be able to do without, and still survive? Which ones we might be able to let go of, to help us thrive. What if some of the grass is indeed greener on the other side?


Art by A. van Son 

 

Poetry prompt

Today I invite you to explore one or more of your boundaries. It can be in form. It can be in content. It can be by crossing disciplines, like in this amazing poem inspired by choral music and a Swedish troll proverb. It can be in the delivery, by recording your poem. Or it can be by gifting your poem to someone, and sharing with them why they are the recipient of your piece.


Word prompts

unusual

improvise

connect


Poetry type

Diamante

or

Table poem

A table poem means using rows and columns to inspire, inform or shape your poem. I first started doing this when WordPress couldn’t handle the lay-out I had in mind for a poem. The table helped me to create a more fixed lay-out than WordPress allowed for. After that, I’ve written more of them because there’s something fascinating about it. The flowing or free form of a poem, being support by the straight and strict lines of a table... Here’s an example.


A radical poem

Kurt Schwitters Ursonate definitely crossed boundaries of what was called poetry at the time. Created between 1922 and 1932, it’s still radical. I was surprised to find this modern version fascinating to watch:


Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.

 


Angela van Son has been an #OctPoWriMo participant since 2014. She is about to publish More than meets the I, a fascinating alloy of poetry and photography. Expect beauty, depth and wonder. 

Angela's poems have been published in Cold Mountain Review, Auroras and Blossoms Poetry Journal, Art Saves Lives International, and more.

As a coach she helps people change their life stories by getting things done, facing the rabbit holes of their choice and creating wonderful ever afters.

38 comments:

  1. a terzanelle from me :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/octpowrimo-day-8-i-went-too-far/

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    1. The :) you added makes me smile each time I see it!

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  2. I just broke a boundary: I altered this post after it was already live and the first poem has been written. Yikes!

    The main change is that the prompt was supposed to be called Breaking Boundaries, not just Boundaries.

    The other ones were small changes because I felt the writing could be better :)

    Totally against my own rules.

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    1. and after i had posted mine I saw this post.. And i broke boundaries in my write :D

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  3. Day 8 -- "Hand Held Barrier"
    https://thistlethoughts.com/2020/10/08/octpowrimo-day-8/

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  4. https://rallentanda.blogspot.com/2020/10/octpowrimo-2020-week-2.html

    Love the art work !

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    1. Thank you! I'm so excited about reading everyone's work that I'm not sure I'm going to get any work done today. Or write a poem for my own prompt, for that matter :)

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  5. Day 8 - https://serendipityofdreams.blogspot.com/2020/10/oneness.html

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  6. Here's mine, Angela. Beautiful artwork.
    https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/lemme-be/

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    1. Yay, you tried a table. A cleave table even! It's smashing. Dashing. Lashing.

      I love it! And thank you fo your kind comment about the art work. This is a very happy day for me.

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    2. Ah! Thank you so much. I really enjoyed today's prompt.
      You are welcome about the art work.

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  7. A Diamante for Day 8:
    https://letsreadourwords.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/breaking-boundaries/

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  8. https://colorsofthefall.blogspot.com/2020/10/breaking-boundaries.html?m=1

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  9. Day 8, #OctPoWriMo2020

    Theme for the Day : Breaking Boundaries ( and I am excited about the theme!)



    It took a lot of courage when I decided to share my poems with the outside world and I believe that I broke this boundary way back in 2015 when I started my blog. I would like to dedicate this composition to Sunita Prasad who is also a fellow contributor to this wonderful platform. She encouraged me to write and share and I shall be thankful to her forever. Crossing limitations in any form gives confidence and immense happiness. It makes me feel happier and complete.

    https://amritapauls.blogspot.com/2020/10/and-she-never-looked-back.html

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    1. My heart is almost bursting with joy. What a lovely dedication.

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  10. I went off prompt yesterday, although I did write. This one could be construed as meeting the brief--it's about boundaries, and the breaking of them, in a way. Attempted a ballad in answer to last Tuesday dverse prompt, but I tend to like to break rhyme schemes as well as boundaries.

    https://xanhaiku.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/wake-up/

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  11. Thank you for an inspiring prompt and gorgeous artwork. Breaking boundaries has been my theme as October lavishes love gifts I happily receive. https://familymatters389367221.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/beyond-wanting/

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  12. https://jesigirlje.wixsite.com/website/post/octpowrimo-8-breaking-boundaries-see-me-burn

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    1. Excellent work, very inspiring. I have known too many people who built themselves up by tearing others down.

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  13. I can feel the power of the promise you've made yourself. A very powerful write!

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  14. A choka about breaking through boundaries imposed by others.
    Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday.
    Boundaries

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  15. Here is mine !!

    https://thetenthzodiac.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/2494/

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  16. I was too tired to write, but I had promised to write a diamante today. So I did: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/yield/

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  17. I did one of each form. I found the prompt inspiring for photography today. https://experiencewriting.com/2020/10/08/october-8-breaking-boundaries-octpowrimo-writober-and-nanoprep/

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  18. Well, didn't quite get there in terms of "breaking boundaries" but there was a boundary that was to be broken, so I guess it counts. Dark dark dark as always.

    Title: "Starvation Tactics"
    https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/starvation-tactics-day-eight-breaking-boundaries/

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  19. A diamante in the rough

    https://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2020/10/bounding-over-barriers.html

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    1. First prize for anouncing your poem this way :)

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  20. Still plugging away....https://soapboxbykay.com/2020/10/08/boundary-octpowrimo-8/

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  21. My Diamante: https://womanofglass.blogspot.com/2020/10/octpowrimo-day-8.html

    * This post is SFW/children; the rest of the site is not.

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  22. #8 - My Diamante
    #7 - "Learning to Lean" (scroll down)

    https://heyannis.wordpress.com/2020/10/08/diamante/

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  23. https://sgeoil.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/meditation/

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  24. Day-8

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2020/10/breaking-boundaries.html

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  25. Finally got to posting to my IG which is not private, so I can link here. Here is that day's poem. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGNWo5PjDDZ/

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