HOW TO BE A CON ARTIST
a con can be noticed
when the second stage develops
though marks never do,
even once the third stage gels
there’s small chance of outing
if stuck in stage three
one tactic to advance is to
out the con one’s self:
announce “It’s a Con!” in surprise
and marks will leap to deny this
the fourth stage completes
the hard foundational work
the rest is gravy
only one challenge left
the conscience of the conner
[re-post of a tanka trio on a dream of 11-4-11. I've had this marked for possible re-posting for a while now. Not only for what it addresses, but for the writing itself. I wish more of my dream tanka moved along as smoothly within the form's structure. BTW, I have drafted a free verse poem on a dream from last night. But it's one of those that's going to need a great deal of work to get it all down on the page, much less polish up the writing. And for some reason I find free verse even more challenging to write than formal poems, like tanka and dreamku/haiku. Additionally, the poem is based on vague (but compelling) dream recall. I'll probably have it ready to post tomorrow. Photo "Fan Dancer" (4-29-11 10826ev2) by Roswila]
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO DREAMKU (& PHOTOS):
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,
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; ROSWILA’S TAIGA TAROT
; and TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT