Today, alphabet poetry is something fun that children might try in their elementary classrooms, but like many forms, it has existed for centuries--as long as we have been using our alphabets, we have been writing alphabet or abecedarian poetry. Like acrostic poetry, the trick is in the first letter, but instead of revealing a hidden meaning, it uses each letter of the alphabet to reveal more where the writer has been taken than what the reader can decipher. Look for it here:
"Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation" by Natalie Diaz
Prismatic Soul by S.M.(M).L.
Ask yourself why you love a color:
Bright blue of sea just off the beach
where waves don't crash.
Coral red of painted toenails in
Dandelion yellow of a wingback chair
that belonged to no one you remember.
Emerald black-green of happy little trees
sprung from oils.
Forgotten silver-brown of empty barns
and school houses.
Gorgeous mahogany of what were once
baby blues rimmed with dark lashes.
Handsome tan of hard-worked hands
speckled with freckles.
Icy gray of cumulous clouds filled to the brim
just waiting to explode in a
kaleidoscope of rainbows
muddy clots of soil
now the perfume
only decomposition can ensure
pleasing amidst its
quilted squares: green and gold.
sets behind rolling hills while
teal darkens in an
umber that blends a
with tree's bark. The
you home, the
zenith of imagination
where you ask yourself
why you love a color and find
your prismatic soul.
There's a poet in my soul; she's always been there, but is often neglected. I'm letting her out here. I hope you will too. Here's some unsolicited advice: When your poet speaks to you, just let it out, there's something there, I promise you. Here you'll find ideas about how to hone your craft as I practice mine and lead you to some of my favorite published poems and poets.
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