Last week, while vacationing at my aunt’s home in Carmel, I discovered a new poetry form, the landay, and had to try it.
As usual when traveling, I brought along a stack of magazines, Writers Digest, The Writer, The SFWA Bulletin… I’m always behind with my magazine reading and enjoy the change of pace from reading online.
In the Writers Digest, September 2017 issue–told you I was behind–the “Poetic Asides” column by Robert Lee Brewer featured an unfamiliar form–the landay. I found it intriguing and became obsessed with “capturing” out getaway using the form.
The landay is a fairly simple poetic form that features:
- couplets–it can be a short poem of just one, or longer poem featuring many
- specified syllable lengths for each line–9 for the first and 13 for the second
- couplets that relate a witty, but difficult truth–this was a characteristic I neglected to follow because of my purpose in writing.
Because I find coming up with multiple couplets challenging, I started by brainstorming. I made lists of words and phrases for multiple categories, for example, the sky, the beach, the house, the 17 mile drive, and focused on sensory imagery–what I saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and experienced through touch.
Next I looked for pairings of word sounds that could work together and began crafting phrases and lines.
Finally, I selected the couplets I wanted to use.
August 2018, Carmel, 17 Mile Drive
Cormorant perches, wings spread to dry,
sated lord of kelp kingdom, proud beak raised to sky.
Seals bask and bark in sun-washed splendor,
Dive, frolic, splash spray, giving selves to joyful surrender.
Endless sea swells rise, whoosh, plunge, and crash ,
moon-pulled, singing serenity’s praise with every splash.
- How do you like to capture special times in your life?
- Did you give the landay a try?
Please share your thoughts and poems in the comment box below. Let’s encourage one another!