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Thursday, July 17, 2014

SEEKING A NEW FORM (photo art) & DIPLOID DANCING (three dream tanka w/one two-liner) by Roswila


... so now here's a dream
about word memes: on one side
human, and lined up
on the other, memes from Mars,
all anxious for the diploid dance

how easily each
meme splits in half, leaving their
other half behind,
to mate up with their foreign
yet fitting counterpart

strings of new copper
words curling themselves up on
a sheet of paper
the lines like a baroque
modern dance livening the sheet

the advent of a mixed art
meaning the afterbirth

[three tanka capped by a two-liner on a dream of 7-16-14. This dream (at least as far as I relate to it right now) reflects three issues. One, how I keep trying to meld things together, like poetry (and its various forms) with dreams and/or Tarot and sometimes all of them at once. Oh, then there's connecting my photos to all this, as well. Two, my wish for a fresher language in my writing. A desire to breathe new life into it. And three, the wish I could get across to others that the question "What does it mean?" doesn't really matter all that much. A corollary to that being a wish for others to understand and/or believe it when I say that I do not come to the blank page knowing what I'm going to say and what it means. I find all that out later, after it's completely written. And sometimes not even then. This was also a fun dream visually. The part of it reflected in the third tanka involved the strings of word memes lining up and then re-aligning on the sheet of paper. Trying to find the most balanced and pleasing draping of lines. BTW, that they were copper colored may bring another element (if you'll pardon the pun) into this dream as copper is said to help with arthritis pain. Oy! And the title for the photo I've chosen to go with this dream poem may hint at even another element: my wish for a new body. (And that's only partly a joke.) Photo art "Seeking A New Form" (6-19-14 8399ev5) by Roswila]


But first, a request: please let me know of any typos or other sorts of blunders in my posts. As my eyes age I'm finding more mistakes are creeping into what I put up here no matter how many times I proof it all. Thanks for any help!

The dream-based poems posted on this blog -- dreamku, tanka, two-liners, monoku, free verse, dream narratives -- are offered in the spirit of collaboration. I have done my part. Now it’s your turn to jump in and see what comes up for you. I.e., there is no right or wrong way to relate to any of these dream offerings. Even my own understandings of them change over time. And it gives me joy when a reader sees something in any of them that I have not. (This all applies to any of the non-dream poems posted here, too.)

Also please note that a dream poem or narrative is not intended as an interpretation of a dream, or even a complete and accurate rendering of one. It is my attempt to get down dream imagery/action that grabs me and, as I write about it, elicits my conscious written association and response. Nor do I believe that one has to remember dreams in order for them to do their work. In my understanding, we are much more than our conscious selves.

You may also note in any further reading on dreamku (the specific forms of dreamku, tanka, two-liners and monoku) you may do here, that in the beginning I stressed "showing, not telling." However, this has been changing for some time. I now tend to "show" (the dream story) and cap if off with a "tell" (some reaction and/or insight I've had to the dream as I was writing about it). This also pretty much applies to my free verse dream poems as well. As to what I have begun calling dream narratives, they are a different animal, probably most akin to prose poems.

For more in-depth exploration of the dreamku forms specifically and one post in which I also address my photo choices:

-- very brief comparison of dreamku and haiku: DREAMKU ARE NOT HAIKU

-- a brief post about both dreamku and my photos THE AREN'TS OF DREAMKU & ACCOMPANYING DIGITAL PHOTOS.

-- detailed three-part post about dreamku: "A DREAMKU PRIMER: Writing Haiku-Like Poems About Your Night Dreams": PART ONE: Introduction & Writing Dreamku as Dream Work; PART TWO: Elements of the Haiku Form Used in Dreamku; and PART THREE: How to Write Dreamku (the second and third parts have some overlap).

-- a short up-dating post about the three-part "A DREAMKU PRIMER" -- Important Up-date to A DREAMKU PRIMER....".

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‘til next time, keep dreaming,

If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”). Roswila's connections & other blogs: Charter Member of the United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS); ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL; ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT; and TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT.


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