Wow! I can’t believe we’re now two weeks into NaPoWriMo!

Today’s featured participant is Judy Dykstra-Brown, who wrote thirteen unfortunate fortunes (plus one fortunate one), for Day 13’s fortune cookie prompt.

Our poet in translation for Day 14 is Egypt’s Mohamed Metwalli. The Brooklyn Rail has published a number of his poems in English translation: see here and here. Further poems are available from Jacket Magazine. You can also check out a recording of Metwalli in conversation with the poets Maged Zaher and Zhang Er, discussing their work and the problems of censorship.

And last but not least, our (optional) prompt! Today’s prompt comes to us from TJ Kearney, who invites us to try a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s also a term of art in the game Go). The san san has some things in common with the tritina, including repetition and rhyme. In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d.

Here’s an example san san from TJ’s blog, Bag of Anything:

Drinking the driven storm, the sturdy apple
Dances, between sky and earth, her spring-young leaves.
Knowing no purpose, knowing only season,
Her spring-young leaves, storm-driven, dapple
Earth and sky; all that my eye perceives
Dances. My eye drinks in the apple’s spring-
Young leaves, her dance that has no reason:
Only the storm, driving each dappled thing.

As you can see, three images or terms are repeated: the driven storm; the spring-young leaves; the dance, and the seven lines rhyme per the pattern given above. I hope you have fun giving the san san a try.

Happy writing!

P.S. — Some of you have pointed out that the san san has eight lines. Yes, you are right! And now you know one of the reasons I became a poet . . . because I am terrible at math!

 

90 Responses to Day Fourteen

  1. mtw says:

    i believe you mean eight lines, not seven? unless i’m counting incorrectly. XD

  2. […] Day 14 of NaPoWriMo calls for a poem in the form of a “san san”.  It’s an 8 line poem with an a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d pattern.  Three ideas should repeat through the poem.  I chose dark, light and motion which seemed to take on a life of their own becoming a rather gloomy poem.  I guess that’s what I get for waking in the middle of the night and writing a poetry in the dark! […]

  3. […] NaPoWriMo challenge for Day 14 is to write a poem in the form of a san san. Comprising of 7 lines, the san […]

  4. mtw says:

    it took me a while to get something started (i am not particularly fond of rhyming poems) but in the end i think it was worth it. the rhyme scheme of a san san is definitely a little out there, but i think that’s what made this prompt interesting.

    https://milestowrite.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/i-walked-where-you-wrote/

  5. Claire says:

    Hoping it’s actually meant to be eight lines as well! I love these challenges where I get to try out new forms :) https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/battery-san/

  6. […] For: two weeks into NaPoWriMo […]

  7. […] The challenge is here for anybody who wants to take it up : http://www.napowrimo.net/day-fourteen-3/ […]

  8. […] sure if I managed to follow the prompt exactly but you can click here for […]

  9. […] In response to Daily Post: Giggle and Napowrimo Day 14. […]

  10. Kruti says:

    My san san on World destruction http://bit.ly/1MvFlPV

  11. TJ Paris says:

    Here is a San San on the tragic fate of a dewdrop. Thanks for the challenging structure. A great brain workout!
    https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/the-dewdrop-napowrimo/

  12. […] heutige Anregung auf NaPoWriMo.net war es, einen San San zu schreiben, was auf Mandarin “drei drei” bedeutet. Im San San […]

  13. Mar Claudrin says:

    you know, i found this one a bit of a bugger to write. not fully sure i’ve done it correctly. but it will have to do :) xx
    (two weeks already we’ve been going, i cannae believe it!)

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/phantasmagoria.html

  14. […] san san for NaPoWriMo Rhyme scheme abc,abd,cd, and three images repeated 3 times within the […]

  15. Bryan Ens says:

    I wrote this first thing in the morning…so my topic is obvious…coffee! I love form poetry, but found this one especially challenging…but still had a lot of fun working with it.
    https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/napowrimo-day-14-coffee/

  16. Ileea says:

    This prompt was very challenging! In the end, I stuck with the rhyme pattern but skipped the repetition. It’s a tribute to one of my favourite teve series, Peaky Blinders! (Enligsh version of the poem in the comment section)

    https://ileea.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/aprillyrik-dag-14-shelby/

  17. Misky says:

    Didn’t go with the optional form, instead opting for American Sentence form.

    https://thirtydayspoetry.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/day-14-random-thoughts/

  18. I also had to keep reading again and again to make sure it was really eight and not seven. Also, the repetition of the images don’t correspond with the rhyming scheme. This form is fun to write to, unless I guessed incorrectly …

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-14th-day.html

  19. […] NaPoWriMo’s “san san Challenge” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Tree Names prompt” Indiana Humanities’ “Memories of a Board Game prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Time-out prompt” Poetry School’s “Banned Activities prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Caught in a Storm prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “If These Windows Could Talk prompt” Found Poetry’s “First Hand Experience prompt” Mary Carroll-Hacket’s “Wandering prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Let’s Write About Sex prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Substitution prompt” 30dpc “Artifact prompt” Kate Foley’s “Difficult to Love prompt” Jo Bell’s “Laudation challenge” […]

  20. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today’s prompt comes to us from TJ Kearney, who invites us to try a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s also a term of art in the game Go). The san san has some things in common with the tritina, including repetition and rhyme. In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d. […]

  21. Pat R says:

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/lavender/

    Hello Everyone. Here is my entry for today. A good day to all:)

  22. Pelican1 says:

    So is it 7 or 8 lines? Also, I don’t find this form mentioned anywhere else online after a couple of searches. Is someone messing with us? :) Doesn’t matter though. It IS an intriguing and challenging form. I will give it a try.

  23. Skipped the prompt again today, though it does sound like a fun form. I might have to try one later. But I had another haibun that had to be written.

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/memories/

  24. […] Day Fourteen of 2016 NaPoWriMo. Image source: tomsitpro.com […]

  25. Kristel Rose says:

    A san san “inspired” by writer’s block, which took me hours to write. The three repetitive words are nothing, dry and write.

    https://kristelrose.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/napowrimo-2016-entry-14/

  26. […] Day 14: Today’s prompt comes to us from TJ Kearney, who invites us to try a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s also a term of art in the game Go). The san san has some things in common with the tritina, including repetition and rhyme. In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d. […]

  27. […] pedestrian san san for Day 14, NaPoWriMo 2016. Visit the other poets for better […]

  28. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a san san, which consists of seven lines, with an a-b-c-a-b-c-d rhyme scheme, and […]

  29. angela says:

    I’m disappointed I didn’t manage a san san, but I’m happy I had written another one already (it’s on the weird side): https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/prompt-not-included/

  30. […] followed today’s napowrimo.net prompt, which was to write a san san, which the site said consists of seven lines, with an […]

  31. I originally wrote my poem using the errant description:

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/national-poetry-writing-month-day-14/

    Fortunately, it didn’t take much to change the poem to conform to the eight lines and correct rhyme scheme (as shown by the example poem):

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/national-poetry-writing-month-day-14-revised/

  32. Vijaya says:

    Oh, thank goodness! I kept counting it, and thinking my eyes were deceiving me, because I saw eight lines.
    Now, I can go and write mine.
    Phew!

  33. First of all, I’m very honored to have been your featured poet yesterday. Secondly, Phew!! Today’s prompt was a doozie. I was tempted to post all of the renditions, complete with color-coding of the three word sets that I resorted to as I was writing it to keep track of them, but I resisted. Here is my attempt at the san san. May it be left behind as surely as the mother in the poem. https://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/14/napowrimo-2016-day-14-mothers-song/

  34. […] it is time to get my thinking cap on again as I tackle the prompt given to us for NaPoWriMo, which is to write a san […]

  35. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day #14: “Write a San San (Form) Poem” […]

  36. New to this form. But love the challenges presented here! Here’s today’s effort:

    https://wojisme.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/with-the-rising-of-the-son/

  37. Grace Black says:

    This prompt was fantastic. Love forms that make me think. Thanks for sharing!

    https://graceblackwrites.com/2016/04/14/abandoned-bones/

  38. […] a challenge for today’s contribution to Day 14 of Na/GloPoWriMo2016 – the ‘san san’ format repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The […]

  39. […] My first-ever san san for NaPoWriMo Day 14. […]

  40. […] the time for a poem today, but here I am. Although I had hoped for something less challenging than today’s prompt: a san […]

  41. […] 14’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a “san san” a poem with three repeating images, with seven lines in an […]

  42. […] as for today’s poem, it’ll be short! The prompt today was to write a san san. Here […]

  43. Here’s a documentary for you: http://ihatepoetry.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-aftermath-august-1994.html – thanks for letting me share, Moskowitz

  44. inktuition says:

    Definitely my favourite prompt so far this month. I especially love the fact that poets are given free reign with maths. I’m not even sure I followed the 3-3 rule, though I allowed myself to be guided by the 7 (no, 8) lines of the stanza. Thank you for helping me get inside the push-pull of my loneliness. https://inktuition.net/2016/04/14/the-conflict-of-lonely-and-alone/

  45. Vijaya says:

    Yay – I did mine, finally!

    That was a challenge, more so than a tritina.
    Here is my san san:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/14/truth-and-lies-the-outlier/

    Thank you!
    Vijaya

  46. […] by this, at NaNoWriMo.net: “try an eight-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s […]

  47. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was for a san san, in which three words or ideas are repeated three times each in a […]

  48. S.G. Liput says:

    I love trying out these forms I’ve never heard of, especially when I find the perfect topic for me.
    https://sgliput.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/the-33-2015/

  49. Vijaya says:

    Here’s another poem I wrote, not related to the prompt, but I thought I’d share:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/14/suitcase-blood/

    Hope you read it, and enjoy it.
    Thanks,
    Vijaya

  50. Vin says:

    I wrote it some 7 hours back, waiting for the power to come so that I can post this on my blog. Sadly that never happened. And I literally dreamt my poem in vivid detail since it was so hot.

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/summer-the-stifling-heat-napowrimo-2016-day-14/

    Couldn’t say I had fun with this. It was fun writing yes. But not posting it.

    And no power yet ☹

  51. I didn’t use the prompt. I was a bit stuck today. Almost didn’t post. http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/random-facts.html

  52. […] challenging prompt today…and it’s late, and I’m halfway considering reverting to my default […]

  53. Ended up writing two poems today, one a little too close to the bone to comfortably send it out at lunchtime (like anyone from work ever reads what I write, LOL). But then I heard an interesting radio report on the way home and the second poem is a riff on the first. They’re both here – the first as a link:

    …It’s not just home I leave for a commute.
    I leave home but the door never closes…

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14124

  54. Lorien says:

    Yep, I found this to be a bit of a toughie…but I plodded along and managed something like a san san. I amazed myself by stepping up to the challenge after a long day…wasn’t going to do it, but summoned the willpower. Miracles do happen. :D

    https://yogamomdaily.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/napowrimo-day-14-san-san/

  55. […] .. A san san (a new-to-me form) prompted by NaPoWriMo, day 14.  […]

  56. […] NaPoWriMo day 14, a poem for my son the day before his 11th birthday, inspired in part by his newfound love (and […]

  57. My first day off prompt, but I still wrote to a different prompt. I love the one from today here, but just couldn’t fit time in to write it! https://lylannemusselman.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/napowrimo-14-time-out/

  58. […] Day 14 of NaPoWriMo 2016.  Today’s prompt was to write a “san san”, an eight line poem with abcabdcd […]

  59. Kat Shamash says:

    This was a quicky, composed in 15 min, and it’s posted late, but here it is: to the prompt, a poem entitled “Deep Space”.

    http://shamash.typepad.com/shamash/2016/04/deep-space.html

  60. Allie says:

    Here is my san san titled Her Thoughts. It’s a retelling of sorts from one of my favorite books. Enjoy!!! <3 https://abm97.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/14-napowrimo-her-thoughts/

  61. […] prompt  was to write a san san – a form of poetry with a particular rhyme scheme and three […]

  62. […] In response to Daily Post: Suitcase and Napowrimo Day 15. […]

  63. […] for Writer’s Quote Wednesday with the prompt of Laughter and Day 14 of NaPoWriMo with the prompt of a san san poem. *Empties garbage can of crumpled up paper […]

  64. Maddie says:

    Posted my work late!! Hoping to be more punctual!! Haha https://maddqueen.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/unconventional/

  65. […] 14 prompt: San san Great darner, waiting in moist mess Buried by forest, sand dune, larkspur. Darner […]

  66. […] for Day 14 of NaPoWriMo and L-Day of Blogging from A to Z […]

  67. […] gap=””]This poem was based on the prompt by napowrimo.net for Day 14 of National Poetry Writing Month. The prompt was to write a eight-line, san san poem […]

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