The Beginning of a New Project: A Kimo Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

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I am fortified with a stack of books
Defense against the unknown
A semblance of safety


Notes: The kimo is a form that’s new to me. Writer’s Digest describes it as an Israeli haiku, with three lines of 10, 7, and 6 syllables.

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12 responses to “The Beginning of a New Project: A Kimo Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    I love hearing about new forms. How fun! Fortified with books may be how I should face the coming storm.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think fortified with books is always the best course of action before taking a course of action! I like learning about new forms too. I also like the additional spaciousness of that first line in a kimo!

  2. Amanda Potts Avatar

    I love using forms for poetry. I think it’s a “semblance of safety” for me. 😉

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Agreed! If I’m not sure what to do, starting with form does help. And they’re fun to play with.

  3. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    I want to feel safe in books. Most of the time I do, but these days it’s a struggle. So many books deal w/ the world’s scary realities. The alliteration in the last line is powerful.

    Unlike Amanda, I’m not a big form fan–usually. That’s because I see many forms function as go-to forms that have become cliche, but you have found wonderful forms that are unique, so I’m making of list and will try them as the month progresses.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I sort of stick my head in the sand with my reading–tons of picture books and middle-grade, and, this month, tons of books about poetry, the reading and the writing of it. I have a giant stack of books that follows me around as I work. I see what you mean about many forms becoming a cliche. I prefer to work in forms that I’m not familiar with for that reason. I made a list of interesting ones from that Writer’s Digest site and still have a couple more I want to try this month.

    2. Trina Haase Avatar
      Trina Haase

      Love this comment Glenda, especially your line “I want to feel safe in books.”

  4. carwilc Avatar

    You have uncovered some really interesting forms. I want to try skinny poems, and now this one. And I have a half-finished shardoma on my list, also a cherita, which I just found today on a Poetry Friday blog. I think that long first line would be fun to work with.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I tried to write a shadoma the other day and got totally stuck with it. May try again though as it’s an interesting form. I’ve never heard of a cherita! Now I’m off to research….

  5. tbreitweiser Avatar

    This form is new to me too! Thanks for the inspiration

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m all for more syllables to play with! I can’t believe how many forms there are that I’ve never heard of before either.

  6. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    Gorgeous poem, as usual Elisabeth! this form is new to me! I cannot wait to try it!

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