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Welcome to seventh edition of PIPS, the Public Iwaku Poetry Spotlight. This is not intended as a competition or contest, but rather (like the name states) a showcasing event for poetry written by you.
Every few months a year, there will be themes that you can choose from to write a poem about, along with suggested poetic forms. This will give us the opportunity to talk about poetry, the messages in the submitted poems with discussion questions, and peer review that will help the participants hone their skills. The goal here is not to win or to be the best poet — but rather to share with the community a poem you wrote. This month, all entries will be posted anonymously. Please do NOT share which poem is yours!
Themes this month are...
► Sense of Community
Write a poem centering around at least two theme.
New this month!! - PIPS turns 2!!
While there will be no voting period, I still want to celebrate the two-year anniversary of PIPS! Therefore, two poems will receive a special prize!!
How, you ask?
1- There won't be any votes - but I ask all readers and participants to name one of their favourite poem. Either because of its structure, how well they used the themes, the story it told, etc. If there are no ultimate favourites, then two participants will be selected from the following:
2- During the live reading, I will determine which poem is MY favourite - and I will be explaining why. So make sure to be there if you decide to submit a poem!
The two most appreciated poems will see their writers win a $10 USD Gift Card each - place of your choice! If you're not American, we can work it out, no worries
So make sure to participate, even if you don't think you're very good at writing poems. You never know!!
Make sure to read over all the rules about submission and upcoming discussion thread.
You have three weeks to submit your entry. The submission deadline is August 22 (end of the day). Late entries will not be accepted. Date rollover from August 22 to August 23 is based on the site's local time (North American Central/GMT-6). Send your entry via a single Inbox Conversation to Pahn .
The goal of this event is to encourage the community to write poetry, a genre that is often disregarded as being "edgy" or less encouraged than other forms of writing. This will be a place where you can submit a poem without negative judgment - the importance is to have fun while writing. Constructive criticism and open discussion (with the discussion questions) is highly suggested, but simply hating on things because you don't like it isn't the goal of this event.
Once the submission deadline arrives, the poems will be posted in a new thread along with discussion questions about the themes and the ideas conveyed by the entries.
All submissions this month will be posted anonymously.
Everyone is encouraged to discuss even if you didn't send in a submission! A big part of this event is participation AFTER the poems have been submitted. This is also a good occasion to explain your own submission if you wish.
Live readings have proven to be a crowd favourite, so I am very happy to confirm that there will be one! Whether it will be recorded or not has yet to be determined, and I will be announcing the reading date in advance for those who would like to join in.
► No plagiarism. This is a creative event, therefore no submissions written by anyone but yourself are allowed. Collaborative entries are not allowed either.
► Send completed entries in a single private message to Pahn with a title that mentions it is for PIPS.
► Entries have to fulfill the criteria (see form) along with following the prompt or themes.
► The entries have to be original works created specifically for this event. Past work is not accepted as the goal is not to showcase older content but to create something new with the specific guidelines in mind.
► Entries can't be posted elsewhere on Iwaku or off-site until after the discussion period ends.
► Your entry may contain sexual content, but it has to follow the normal Iwaku rule of no characters under 13 years old shown engaging in sexual conduct. Anything else is fair game, but it will be clearly marked in the discussion thread as a story containing NSFW content and some people may choose to skip your entry because of that.
► Giving your entry a title isn't required, but it's useful and encouraged. If you title your entry then it will be used for the title of the spoiler your entry will be contained in in the discussion thread.
► BBCode post formatting is allowed for use in your entry, but I reserve the right to change things (particularly colors) if they would make it hard for people to read. We have a few different background colors thanks to the different site themes, and some colors are very hard to read on some backgrounds. If you aren't sure which colors are safe then please take a look at this handy guide. Also, we do not allow pictures/music/videos/etc to be embedded in entries, any entries sent in containing these things will be edited or rejected.
Poetic Form: (Optional)
Permission to read aloud: Yes [ ] No [ ]
In the next two tabs, you will have different poetic forms that you can use along with Resources. If you have additional resources to suggest, please feel free to mention them and I'll them in the tab!
In an ABC poem, each line of the poem begins with a letter in the alphabet, starting with A and moving in order through Z.
Where the first or last letters of each line create a name, word, or phrase.
Used to reveal information to the reader about the poet.
Line 1: First name
Line 2: Who is... (descriptive words that describe you)
Line 3: Who is the brother/sister or son/daughter of...
Line 4: Who loves...(three ideas)
Line 5: Who feels...(three ideas)
Line 6: Who needs...(three ideas)
Line 7: Who gives...(three ideas)
Line 8: Who fears...(three ideas)
Line 9: Who would like to see...(three ideas)
Line 10: Who shares...(three ideas)
Line 11: Who is...(three ideas)
Line 12: Who is a resident of...(your town)
Line 13: Last name
A 5 line poem that follows a specific format. There are various types of cinquains. Some are created with a number of words or syllables in mind. Another form is created using various parts of speech.
Written in a way that the words create the shape of the subject of the poem.
Two lines of verse which rhyme and form a unit alone or as part of a poem.
A 7 line poem that looks like a diamond. It does not have to rhyme. It can be used to describe 1 topic or 2 opposite topics.
Line 1: 1 word (subject/noun)
Line 2: 2 adjectives that describe line 1
Line 3: 3 -ing words that relate to line 1
Line 4: 4 nouns (first 2 relate to line 1, last 2 relate to line 7--if you're writing about opposite topics)
Line 5: 3 -ing words that relate to line 7
Line 6: 2 adjectives that describe line 7
Line 7: 1 word (subject/noun)
Is used to describe various emotions, good or bad, using descriptive language. There are a couple different emotion poem formats to follow, and you could always come up with your own.
Line 1: State the emotion
Line 2: Describe the emotion as a color
Line 3: It happens when...
Line 4: It sounds like...
Line 5: And smells like...
Line 6: Restate the emotion
A lengthy narrative poem in grand language celebrating the adventures and accomplishments of a legendary or conventional hero.
A Free Verse Poem does not follow any rules. Their creation is completely in the hands of the author. Rhyming, syllable count, punctuation, number of lines, number of stanzas, and line formation can be done however the author wants in order to convey the idea. There is no right or wrong way to create a Free Verse poem.
Haiku's are composed of 3 lines, each a phrase. The first line typically has 5 syllables, second line has 7 and the 3rd and last line repeats another 5. In addition there is a seasonal reference included.
A five-line witty poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first, second and fifth lines, the longer lines, rhyme. The third and fourth shorter lines rhyme. (A-A-B-B-A)
A narrative poem tells the story of an event in the form of a poem. There is a strong sense of narration, characters, and plot.
A poem that uses a lot of repetition. To create this poem, follow these steps.
- Write a quatrain (4 line stanza). Writing emotional lines usually works best.
- Take lines 2 and 4 of the first stanza and make them lines 1 and 3 of the second stanza.
- Take lines 2 and 4 of the second stanza and make them lines 1 and 3 of the third stanza.
- Continue your poem using this pattern.
- For your last stanza, go back to the first stanza of the poem. Make line 3 of the first stanza line 2 of your last. Make line 1 of the first stanza line 4 in your last.
A short rhyming poem with 14 lines. It uses iambic meter in each line and use line-ending rhymes.
Japanese form of poetry that follows a syllable format. This poem is composed of 5 lines. Lines 1 and 3 have 5 syllables. Lines 2, 4, and 5 contain 7 syllables each.
Line 1- 5 syllables
Line 2- 7 syllables
Line 3- 5 syllables
Line 4- 7 syllables
Line 5- 7 syllables
5 tercets (3 line stanzas) with ABA rhyme scheme Followed by 1 quatrain (4 line stanza) with ABAA rhyme scheme The first and third lines of the tercet are alternately repeated as the last lines of the remaining stanzas.
Definitions of the poetic forms found on Family Friend Poems