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Poetry Friday: Arun poetry form

Poetry Friday round-up is with Jone at her fresh new blog site.

A few weeks ago Jone asked the Poetry Friday gang to post poems using mathematical structures. She listed the Arun form. I was curious about this form, but a Google search of forms continually came up with nothing. I finally went back to Jone’s post and followed the link to a blog by Girlgriot. On this site, Girlgriot writes about the form and its rules.

An Arun: a fifteen-line poem in three sets of five lines. Each set of five lines follows the same syllable structure: starting with one syllable and increasing by one (1/2/3/4/5 — 3x).

Girlgriot, March 21, 2017

More digging led me to this post in which Girlgriot reveals that she invented the form. And why not?

It still doesn’t seem possible that I created a form. That really should be, must be, someone else’s domain. But here we are, with the arun. “Arun” means “five” in Yoruba (according to The Google), and the name was chosen by popular vote in a little blog poll I put up. It’s not super sophisticated, but I like it.

GirlGriot, March 22, 2017

When I talked to my student Chloe about the form, she suggested that we write one together about “Back to School.” This is our collaborative poem:

Back to School

Masks
line the
hallways to
class, but it’s not
Halloween Day yet.

My
teacher
switching in
style with a cart
but we stay in place.

One
by one
take it slow
better be safe
and not stuck at home.

To help you understand the stylish carts, I took a picture of my across-the-hall colleague and her cart. As you can see, it’s like the teacher carrying her whole desk from room to room.

Teaching in Fall, 2020

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