I realized that today is the last week day of July. That means that I’d have to post on Saturday if I wanted this up before the start of August. I decided to post this scavenger hunt today, just to prove I’m kind and generous. By near unanimous acclamation I am hosting this End of Summer Scavenger Hunt (aka EOS21). There was much gnashing of teeth by participants of the NPM (National Poetry Month) scavenger hunt when they were asked to write a sestina. I told them that there wouldn’t be a sestina this time around. But, but, they were upset. It seems they liked the challenge! Who knew they were gluttons for punishment? You are entering a “no whine zone” and I know there will be some who will curse me. I’m starting with lots of short forms that you can probably breeze through before tossing you into the deep end of the poetic pool*. Sink or swim (insert maniacal laughter). The rules are the same – link back to this post so others can join, send me a comment with the link to your post, and finish by August 31st… I know that sounds like a lot but it isn’t too difficult. Especially since there will only be 13 prompts (to coincide with my M-W-F posting schedule).Bwhahaha!
Without further ado I give you the End of Summer Scavenger Hunt prompts:
1. Write a Zappai using the theme of drunkenness.
2. Write a Kimo on the subject of jealousy.
3. Write a Lune about birth.
4. Write a Hay(na)ku about hate.
5. Write a Naani about time.
6. Write an Oddquain about poverty.
7. Write a Tritina with a touch of whimsy or nonsense.
8. Write a Pentina having a theme of war.
9. Write a Sestina having a theme of exploration.
10. Write an Octina with a theme of revenge.
11. Write a Harrisham Rhyme poem on the topic of forgiveness.
12. Write an Abecedarian poem about the path to self discovery.
13. Write a Blitz Poem about death.
Good luck to you all. I know there are some unfamiliar forms but this is a time to do a little stretching before winter makes us all curl up and become small!
* There is no requirement to write them in any order, you can do them as presented or mix it up – poet’s choice!