The judges of the Poem of the Month feature have this month decided, in lieu of the monthly award, to highlight ‘I Couldn’t See My Own Shadow’ - a poem written by 13 members of our Circle of Poets Open Forum Facebook page in response to a prompt which asked our social media users to write a group poem.
The resulting poem is an excellent example of collaboration and brings to mind the potential of poetry to engage various techniques such as collective poetry and chance operations.
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I Couldn’t See My Own Shadow
By Various Authors
I couldn’t see my own shadow
Drifting through spaces of time
Searching for something but found nothing
Ironically I haven’t even found myself yet
Deep-rooted in the irony of finding the found
And the darkness which binds me goes on
A liberating darkness of truth and light
Yet hope whispers like a wispy wind in a lonesome corridor
Aren't we all blind? Are the things we see with our eyes the reality? Or is reality in the darkness of eyes closed, sleep and mind wandering? Is reality found in the silence and darkness of meditation?
Darkness disappeared in d light of awareness as mindfulness crept in
Heaven or hell, darkness reeks sin. See more than meets the eye.
The questions keep ticking it neck to remind heaven about it lost. Does hell house blindness with sweet pains?
Then how much do we gain when we lose ourselves all is abyss
And my shadow, though without eyes, I can now see, feel, deep within my soul.
MORE ABOUT COLLECTIVE POETRY
Examples of collaborative poetry are not rare. They abound in Japanese poetry. However, one of the most famous examples of collaborative poetry in modern times is the poem collection Ralentir Travaux by French poets André Breton, Paul Éluard and René Char. These poems were written by the trio over the course of five days in 1930. The Surrealists had invented the art of collage and collective creative 'games' such as the exquisite corpse, where a collection of words or images are collectively assembled. Find more at Wikipedia.
Poem of the Month (POTM) exclusively features the poems of members of the Circle of Poets of Trinidad and Tobago. Each poet has granted use of his/her poetry.
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