Crowdsourced Poetry Project

A little over a month ago I posted about the Crowdsourced Poetry Project that the University Press of North Georgia is doing. So far, we have 4 lines of our Sestina–not even a whole stanza yet! What’s a sestina, you might ask, well, it’s

originally a French form of poetry divided into 6 sestets (six line stanzas) and 1 triplet called anĀ envoi, a concluding stanza half the size of the rest. The distinguishing feature of a sestina is that the words ending each line in the first stanza are repeated as the end words for the other six stanzas in a specific order: ABCDEFG, FAEBDC, CFDABE, ECBFAD, DEACFB, BDFECA, (envoi) ECA or ACE.


It may look complicated on paper, but it’s really not too bad. It’s a great form to get public input on because you don’t have to worry about meter or rhyme, just the repetition of the end words used.

So, now that you’re armed with that knowledge, here’s the four lines of our sestina so far:

I began to ask myself the questions
With answers hanging in the air
What is here is noise above which we can hear
When we listen with our hearts instead of our ears

Do you have a suggestion for the fifth line and fifth end word? Head on over to the UPNG Facebook page and give us your submission!


Crowdsourced Poetry

My place of employment, The University Press of North Georgia, is hosting a really neato event that we’re calling The Crowdsourced Poetry Project. Basically, we’re supplying the first line of a poem (a Sestina) and are leaving it up to the masses to come up with the remaining words, line by line. We started this week with the beginning line of “I began to ask myself the questions,” posted it on our facebook page, and are now soliciting submissions for the second line. Got an idea for a line? Head on over to Facebook and “Like” The University Press of North Georgia, and simply submit your proposed poetry passage by posting a comment on our Crowdsourced Poetry post.

To read more about the project itself (and find out what a Sestina actually is), check out the the UPNG post “A Sestina by Everyone.”