Poets! Let’s Get in Formation!

This spring, Jersey City Writers is focusing on poetic forms for our genre night Formation which will be held on April 26th at Barrow Mansion in Jersey City, NJ. Writing in form sometimes intimidates poets, both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Yet form can often wrench unexpected ingenuity from us. Here’s a quotation on writing in form from X. J. Kennedy, a master of form:

“Writing in rhythm and rhyme, a poet is involved in an enormous, meaningful game, not under his ego’s control… being unable to say exactly what our tight, little intellects want to say, is a great advantage- and that by coping with the arbitrary restrictions of form, we can be led forward on a very curious and exciting voyage of discovery… So you’re led onward, often to say things that surprise you and astonish you. As Rolfe Humphries once put it, rhyme leads you to say much better things than you could have thought of all by yourself.”

The competition deadline is April 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Email up to 3 poems (only ghazal, haiku, limerick, pantoum, sestina, sonnet, tanka, and villanelle will be accepted) to jcwgenrenight@gmail.com along with your full name and email address. Selected poems will be read at our genre night Formation on April 26th at Barrow Mansion in Jersey City, NJ, and also published on this website.

For help learning some new forms, please attend one of the special Saturday workshops Jersey City Writers has lined up for March. RSVP on Meetup.com.

Your genre night judges will be:

Adriana Rambay Fernández leads writing and yoga workshops and coordinates the Jersey City Writers annual retreat. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Bennington Writing Seminars. As the winner of the JCW poetry contest in 2016, her poetry was published in the Jersey City Independent. You can find her online at: adrianarambay.com.

Maja Lukic is a poet based in New York City. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Salamander, Western Humanities Review, Sugar House Review, Vinyl, The Moth, Prelude, and other publications. Links to selected pieces online are available at www.majalukic.com and she can be found on Twitter: @majalukic113.

Sarah T. Jewell is a Jersey City Writers moderator and founder of the weekly Jersey Plums Poetry Workshop. Her poetry has appeared in Bird’s Thumb, Halfway Down the Stairs, and Cross Poetry Review. Her poetry chapbook How to Break Your Own Heart will be available from dancing girl press in March 2017. You can find her online at: www.stjewell.com

Stay tuned for future blog posts on each form accepted in the competition.

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