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WHAT IS A PUN-KU ?


http://salbuttaci.blogspot.com/2011/09/what-is-pun-ku.html
  
WHAT IS A PUN-KU ?
 
Poetry today continues to entertain readers, inspiring poets to write a greater number of poems according to the requirements of established poetic forms. The sonnet, for example, did not die with Shakespeare, Milton, Petrarch and the other masters. It is still being written according to the required iambic pentameter and rhyme patterns set down centuries ago. In most instances all that has changed is that poets write sonnets without the antiquated language of the past.


Because poetry is dynamic, because we are not restricted to reading only the works of famous poets, most of whom are gone from the literary scene, modern-day poets are creating new forms.

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Thanks, Libra. Fun stuff. I'm thinking. Maybe you should consider inventing a new/old form. Maybe call it incantatory verse.

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Rallying
 
 
The Secret to Happiness ~ We Are Happening!
Find what brings you alive; and do it.
(not what "I should" to prove that "I'm good," or good
at being bad)
Maybe meet people enjoying it too;
they who give layered texture to our view,
expand our field of play.
Lather, rinse, repeat
as necessary.
Take it out to the street when necessary.
Do what you need to be
what you want to see.
Do what only you can.
Make this happening grand!
Do it today.
 
 
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Good title for what the poem looks to say, says without apology. A favorite poet of mine is the late 8th C B.C. Greek, Archilochos. He was an Ionian Greek. Ionic poetry tended to the lyrical I/Thou address in contrast to the Doric, which tended to the declamatory and to the ode. Your poem brought to mind a poem of his and I wasn't sure why at first. Pulling down a book with his poetry from a shelf, I read the brief intro on him and found this:

"...the ambiguous social position of Archilochos probably helped to make him the spokesman par excellence of the new spirit of the (ancient Greece's) Lyric Age. This spirit included a preoccupation with the 'now', 'here', and 'I'...rather than with the archetypal past."

(Archilochos's ambiguous social position was due to that he was the son of an aristocrat and a slave woman. He couldn't inherit his father's wealth and so, by profession, he became a hoplite, a Greek mercenary soldier for hire.)

That is what I get from your poem too. The now, here, and I, which is an existential insistence.

About his poem. For a Greek soldier, and at a time when the Greek hoplite was considered the most efficient fighting machine and much sought after through out the Mediterranean world, it was supreme dishonor to leave your shield on a field of battle. Doing so meant you had turned and run to save your life. About which rubbish Archilochos had this to say:

On His Shield

Well, what if some barbaric Thracian glories
in the perfect shield I left under a bush?
I was sorry to leave it - but I saved my skin.
Does it matter? O hell, I'll buy a better one.

Libra, you are in good company. By the way. Every timne you work in the iamb you owe him a tithe. Archilochos invented that prosodic foot.

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