A new poetry form created in a fit of inadequate self-confidence and creative desperation!
This is a new form that I created in October 2020. Well, at least, I have never seen this form before. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the world, but wanting and needing to produce work during my sabbatical, I came up with something I thought would be “too small to fail” (in the words of Ariana Huffington. Try it! I’ll be posting Dailies from friends and students in the coming weeks.
Form for a Daily
The form is based on a word count, determined by the month and day on which you are writing: For example the daily word count for November 3 would be 11(month) +3 (day)= 14 words.
You can also use the number of the year for a few extra words. To add words for the year , add all the numbers across. For example for 2020, add 2+0+2+0= 4. If your daily is November 3, 2020 your word count would be 11+3+4= 17 words.
The daily has only two word per line. If you have an uneven number of words ( like 13), your first or last line will be one word.
The daily is unrhymed.
The daily must include a concrete image.
That’s it. Try starting a daily now and sustaining it for several days or weeks. That’s when you start to see interesting synchronicity unfold. I found the low word count and restricted flexibility made this an easy form to work with. I wrote a daily for each day in October (remembering William Stafford’s admonishment to “lower your standards”) and November. Here are a couple of my early dailies: