Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves

poem(s) of the week
September 18, 2012, 11:53 pm
Filed under: DC life

this weekend i enjoyed playing around with a few new (to me) poetic forms. I recently picked up a copy of Derrick Weston Brown’s Wisdom Teeth (you can buy your own copy at Busboys and Poets or here) in which he explains the history and construction of various poetic forms that he used in his book. i thought that was pretty classy and a wonderful way to expand my knowledge and play around with words. I hope that it also inspires your writing! descriptions of the forms quoted from the notes section of Wisdom Teeth.


the eintou is an african american poetic form that consists of 7 lines with a syllabic word count for each line; 2-4-6-8-6-4-2. eintou is a west african term for a pearl of wisdom.

lost love eintou
© 2012 by margaux delotte-bennett

searching for love
does just that. it opens
eyes to gaze incessantly out
in attempts that seldom
bloom into true
love found.


a tanka is a 31 syllable poem that evokes a moment or marks an occasion. in japanese, tanka are written in one straight line, but in English the lines are usually divided into 5 syllabic units of 5-7-5-7-7.

dance tanka
© 2012 by margaux delotte-bennett

bliss tends to find me
with bended arms and/ or knees
shifting muscles flexed
movement vocabulary
shining through each of my limbs


a koan is a story, dialogue, question or statement; the meaning of which cannot be understood by rational thinking, yet can be accessible by intuition. it is a tenet of the history and lore of Zen Buddhism.

tatted koan
© 2012 by margaux delotte-bennett

if your body is a tombstone
equally marked with remembrances and regrets;
how is it possible to fully live?


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