Posted for Bjorn’s dVerse invitation for Handbook of Forms. We were invited to write a sonnet. Here is the link.
Bjorn also encouraged us to comment on our process of writing in the form. When I write a poem to form, I usually write out pages of free verse or prose on the subject so I can get the ideas or pictures of the subject well established in my mind. I splayed out three pages of free verse in starting this sonnet. I then will re-write the piece over and again several times, listening to the sound intuitively rather than being held captive in counting out the meter or the rhyme, in doing this I preserve the prerogative not to have the essence of the poem subjugated to the form. After this process, however, I will hone and rework and modify to make the poem fit the form, but by then I have a good idea about what the true essence is that needs to be retained. This form leads us on slyly until the turning volta and clinching resolution at the end. The sound and rhythm disguise the evolving argument or question that are tied up so neatly in the last two lines. This then causes me to go back and relish the spaces and the thoughts and the still unanswered questions that are in the body before the volta and resolution. But I am usually a free-versearian by preference, and this comes through perhaps in the fact that I chose not to follow strict Sonnet meter conventions here. I agree with Bjorn that the most essential essence of the sonnet is that long argument/question, tied up with a turning volta and a CLINCHER at the end. I have loved exploring this poem as a sonnet.
Jilly also encouraged us on the same project to consider enjambment in sonnet form. Here is the link to her post as well.
All rights reserved for text to Lona Gynt, January, 2019. Image Credit at top of post: Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech, accessed at the following link: https://www.space.com/31933-quantum-entanglement-action-at-a-distance.html
Image at the footer is from Lona Gynt, during a trip in SL to “Dreamers” by Cica Ghost.