Day 13 NaPoWriMo Ghazal about Books

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a ghazal. I am not sure I ever wrote one of these before. Like some other poets I know, I’m not entirely sure how you know when you’ve done it successfully. But here goes anyway!

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It’s my birthday, give me poetry books
I’ll spend my day reading poetry books

Children learn grammar in their grade school books
Mothers writing payments from their cheque books

People playing games in their crossword books
Chefs making meals from big cookery books

Priests reciting psalms from their black prayer books
Kids memorize from catechism books

Gardeners design from their landscape books
Accountants record in their ledger books

Teenagers reveal in diary books
People seek solutions in self-help books

Borrowed wisdom found in library books
Experiments in sound in music books

Everywhere you look you can find more books
Carol’s ghazal says it’s all about books.

Carol A. Stephen
April 13, 2012

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3 thoughts on “Day 13 NaPoWriMo Ghazal about Books

    • Think of form poetry as a sort of word game. Like doing a crossword puzzle. It is a challenge, yes, but it can also improve your vocabulary, if the form calls for a rhyme scheme, or it might help you to focus on the beats in each line. Anything that makes you pay more attention to your poem is going to strengthen your work. You may not choose a form as your preferred style, but the constraints make you stretch.

      A good book to read on form is “In Fine Form”, as it takes a rather contemporary approach with the examples, but there are other fine books on form. The ghazal is a rather strange form to try to pin down. Start with simple forms if you want to break the phobia, then work up to the more complex. For example, the triolet is (or can be) a very short poem, with repeating lines, so there are fewer of them to have to create… go ahead, Esther, plunge in! Carol

      • Aww.. that’s very encouraging, Carol. I’m often quite stubborn when it comes to unsolicited advice, but a kick up the butt is (also) often a good thing. I’m good with challenges so will devise a form writing challenge for May/June (and you’re my first recruit!) . Like you say, start with a haiku, a triolet, a tanka and so on. Good call. :)

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