Getting contrapuntal: trying new things in celebration of poetry month

This beautiful poem crossed my path and alerted me to contrapuntal poetry:

Moana Means Home_ A Contrapuntal by Terisa Siagatonu _ Poetry Magazine.jpg

Then I went on the hunt and came across some more:

HUM Finished for Now

You can hear and see Jamaal May perform this one on YouTube

Then there’s a whole section on contrapuntalism at Hello Poetry And on Soundcloud there’s this one:

So the Writers Writing group played with contrapuntal and I decided (in imitation of Siagotonu) to try to weave together three poems. We did free writing on different subjects, worked those into individual poems and then worked them into each other. Depending on the choices you make you can get a nicely unsettling different poem each time. The juxtapositions sometimes flowing together beautifully, sometimes provoking a meaning you didn’t intend, sometimes setting your teeth on edge.

Wear red for courage I

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