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Poets Northwest Meet Saturday, January 5, 2019

A diamante poem

A diamante poem.

The first meeting of Poets Northwest in the new year will take place on Saturday, January 5 in the Shiloh Room at the Springdale Library, from 1-3 pm.

All poets—veterans or beginners—are welcome to attend. The main challenge of the day is the Diamante Trio. The challenge is to create a three-part set of events using three diamantes.

The first: set the stage for some expectation

Second: everything falls to pieces

Three: a solution or answer is found and all is well in the end

NOTE: A diamante—pronounced [dee-uh-MAHN-tay]—is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. Diamante is Italian for diamond.

The second challenge is to create an Etheree.

NOTE: The Etheree is a ten-line form ascending in syllable count for ten unrhymed lines. It’s attributed to an American poet, Etheree Taylor Armstrong of Arkansas.

The Etheree is ten lines with 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 syllables per line. and, just as a diamante can be a diamond shape or a double diamante, an Etheree can be diamond-shaped or made into a double etheree. Rhyming is nice, but not required.

Contact: Kate Lacy 479-442-8028 for information

Poetry Reference Site

How to write a Diamante

How to write an Etheree

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