“Casting Bricks to Attract Jade”
Hello my Friends and Fellow Poets. Welcome to the July Challenge!
(UPDATE: Scroll to the bottom for a listing of the links to each challenge submitted!)
Many of us have expressed a desire to continue writing and sharing our work with one another during the time when the Poet’s Pub over at dVerse is closed and it fit nicely with a conversation I had with Colin Lee a short time ago. Idioms are a fascination for me, especially those from other languages and cultures, so when Colin shared a Chinese idiom with me, I had to do a bit of research to find out what it meant and where it originated. The idiom is “Casting bricks to tease jade out of the master.” I was pleasantly surprised to discover that its origins are in poetry. Here’s the story from Changing Minds
“…this idea I’m tossing out there is just a brick, but perhaps it will lead one of you to contribute jade.” It’s a humble way to contribute to a conversation…”
“In the Tang dynasty, the poet Chang Jian wanted to the learn from the great poet, Zhao Gu. He wrote half a poem on a temple wall where Zhao was visiting, hoping the better poet would complete it, which Zhao did.”
This got me wondering what it would be like to write collaborative poetry. The July Challenge is basically this: Write half of a poem and open it up to fellow Challengers to finish it. Since we are all fabulous poets, the greater challenge of this will not be the poetry, but the logistics, so I am including the steps.
- Write the first half of a poem
- Post it on your blog with a link back here to The July Challenge
- Include a little something about the form you are using. Is it Free Verse, Sonnet, Quadrille, etc?
- If you are using a form, please give a link to a site that explains that form or just give a little refresher.
Example: This is a Sonnet which has 14 total lines, 3 quatrains and a couplet with a rhyme scheme of abab/cdcd/efef/gg. I am writing the first 7 lines; please write the last 7.
- Return here to Jilly’s July Challenge Post and in the comments tell everyone the name of your Challenge Post and a link to it. (Copy & past the URL for the post.)
- Browse through the other comments and find someone’s Challenge that you would like to complete.
- Copy & paste their 1st half, write the 2nd half, and then post the whole poem. Give them credit for their portion and include a link back to their blog.
- Stop back at Jilly’s July Challenge (right here) and share the link to your completed poem in the comments.
- Repeat as desired.
I know this is a little bit like going around in blogging circles, so hopefully we won’t get too tied up in knots!
Charley at Life in Portofino did a test run with me on Friday when I posted Sonnet by 2 and he completed it. There was a bonus added when qbit picked up on the challenge and posted another version.
Please let me know if you have questions! When in doubt, link everywhere and anywhere you think would help share the fun around. Everyone is welcome to join in! We are just a bunch of happy writers having fun with words!
UPDATE! Here is a listing (to date) of those who have put out challenge poems for others to complete. I will add to this list as new half-poems become available. If I’ve missed anyone, please give me a shout. Jilly
From Jenna (Revived Writer):
https://revivedwriter.wordpress.com/2017/07/06/july-challenge-san-san/ (An exciting 2nd challenge!)
From Petru (petrujviljoen)
From Jilly (the Pre-Challenge example):