Space holding page for epic earth poem that will take longer than a day to put together – (yes I know that’s the point but I don’t care) anyhow, no spoilers … this is the prompt, iambic pentametre takes a bit of tme to get right and with it being Shakespear’s birthday tomorrow and St Georges day, there’s a lot to say about land use and immigration – William really would shake a spear at the way the world has turned … back to the word wrestling …
da dum da dum da dum da dum da dum … one soft, one hard, the words to march along.
Happy Earth Day, all, and happy twenty-second day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!
Our featured participant today is Arash’s Poetry, where the overheard poem for Day 21 is a wonderful rendering of speech in a busy cafe.
Our interview today is with Kyle Dargan. Originally from New Jersey, Dargan now lives in Washington, DC, where he directs the creative writing program at American University. He is the author of four books of poetry that explore the intersection of the personal and the political, with a twist of science fiction. You can learn more about Dargan and find some of his poems here, and find an additional poem here.
Last but not least, here is our prompt for the day (optional, as always). In honor of Earth Day, I’d like to challenge you to write a georgic. The original georgic poem was written by Virgil, and while it was ostensibly a practical and instructional guide regarding agricultural concerns, it also offers political commentary on the use of land in the wake of war. The georgic was revived by British poets in the eighteenth century, when the use of land was changing both due to the increased use of enlightenment farming techniques and due to political realignments such as the union of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Your Georgic could be a simple set of instructions on how to grow or care for something, but it could also incorporate larger themes as to how land should be used (or not used), or for what purposes.