In this Verse First edition we feature, discuss and start to write - The Triversen
The what?? - Don't worry read below and we will spend some time creating our own Triversen at the beginning of the meetup-
And, as usual, bring in some of your own poetry to discuss - (please bring in 6-8 copies to share if possible)
hope to see everyone there
Here is a brief description from the Writer's Digest blog by Robert Lee Brewer
I found references to the triversen this week in both online and print resources. It’s a fun poetic form developed by William Carlos Williams (one of my favorite poets–able to write both the concise, “The Red Wheelbarrow,” and the epic, Paterson). I like this form because of its flexibility.
Here are the triversen rules:
Each stanza equals one sentence.
Each sentence/stanza breaks into 3 lines (each line is a separate phrase in the sentence).
There is a variable foot of 2-4 beats per line.
The poem as a whole should add up to 18 lines (or 6 stanzas).
And here is a description by poetry magnum opus
The Triversen, (triple verse sentence), is a sentence broken into three lines. It has also been referred to as a "verset", a surge of language in one breath.
The Triversen was originated by William Carlos Williams as a "native American" poetic form of the 20th century. According to Lewis Turco in his Book of Forms, it is "one of the most innovative things done to modern free-verse." It introduced the "variable foot" to free verse. As best as I can understand, the "variable foot" is a phrase or portion of a sentence contained within a line.
The Triversen is:
accentual. The rhythm of normal speech, employing 1 to 4 strong stresses per line.
stanzaic, written in any number of tercets. Each tercet is a sentence broken into 3 uneven lines, each an independant clause.
grammatical. The sentence is broken by line phrasing or lineating or sense units. There should be 3 units. L1 is a statement of fact or observation, L2 and L3 should set the tone, imply a condition or associated idea, or carry a metaphor for the original statement.
alliterated. Alliteration accentuates stress.
here is robert lee brewers example (written by himself)
“today we buried mom”
today we buried mom
& 1,000 red-winged blackbirds
found a branch in our backyard.
the shadow of a deer
was spotted on a snowdrift,
wind sneaking into our house.
everyone knows everyone
dies & then we’re faced
with how to handle the body.
in her favorite dress
we buried mom with some lilies
& a john wayne poster.
i’ve been trying to forget
the last time we talked
but here i am alone with you.
1,000 blackbirds hold the trees
before loosening their grip
to disappear in the sun.
here is an example fro WCW himself
On Gay Wallpaper by William Carlos Williams
The green-blue ground
is ruled with silver lines
to say the sun is shining
And on this moral sea
of grass or dreams like flowers
or baskets of desires
Heaven knows what they are
between cerulean shapes
laid regularly round
Mat roses and tridentate
leaves of gold
threes, threes, and threes
Three roses and three stems
the baskets floating
standing in the horns of blue
Repeated to the ceiling
to the windows
where the day
the scalloped curtains to
the sound of rain