Biography of Dawn Slanker
sculptor of people molded in clay.
painter and poet with something to say.
teacher by occupation, student of art,
favoring creativity born from the heart.
yearns for inspiration from an undecided muse,
reaching and searching for anything to use.
I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful boys whom I love very much. I also have 3 dogs (boxer/pit, dobie, boxer) ,2 cats, and 16 fish. I have a BA in English, a BA in Psych, and a minor in Art. I love to garden and I'm an avid collector of roses both real and painted.
I love everything Artsy and poetry is no exception. I enjoy writing all forms of poetry and experimenting with various poetic devices. However, Although I enjoy free verse, I especially love structured poetry and have been challenging myself by working down a list of structured forms. I have learned so much about writing poetry and all it's nuances from this exercise alone. I'm a firm believer that there is a distinct difference between prose and poetry and that poetry must contain some form of poetic device in order to be called poetry. Mostly, I just love words and playing with words so don't be surprised if you see something a bit funky from time to time. Thanks for taking the time to ready my bio. Peace and Happiness to all.
Dawn Slanker's Works:
Published in the book, Oh, What A Tangled Web...2008
Dawn Slanker Poems
Cupid Wears A Mask
Cupid Wears A Mask Angelic cherub with face so devin.
Caterpillar Relentless, Ravenous Constructing, Evolving, Emerging Wondrous gift of nature
Nature's Love Song (A Sonnet)
Nature's Love Song Aurora's ballad wakes the sleeping Sun and lulls the Moon to fade and sleep by light;
Apiphobia (A Trigee)
For those unfamiliar with the 'trigee' form...you read the left half, then the right half, then follow the dots read the two halves together as a whole. It's 3 poems in one. The trick is that each of the 3 parts should be able to stand alone as a poem. The Trigee form was created by TD Euwaite, founder of poetsofmars.com
Female (Free Form)
My husband calls this my feminazi poem. I guess that means he doesn't like it much...hehehe. I'm really not a feminazi...I was just having a bad day when I wrote it. Female
In God's Garden Canvas (Altered Rondeau)
In God's garden canvas In God's garden canvas, I am the brush; each stroke deliberate...I never rush.
Written in response to a lot of hate filled propaganda about America and Americans in general. I may not like what is happening, but I am proud to be an American and I'm tired of all the hate. I don't mean to offend anyone, this is just my feelings on the matter. America's Perspective
God Is Too Great For Just One Religion (...
Pantoums are composed entirely of quatrains. There is no restriction on the number of quatrains, but each quatrain must follow the rhyme scheme abab within itself. The characteristic feature of a pantoum, however, is its repetition. The first and third lines of every stanza (except the first stanza) are identical to the second and fourth lines of the previous stanza. For the final line, there is an additional rule: the second and fourth lines must be the same as the first and third lines from the first stanza. Thus the overall pattern of lines in a five-quatrain pantoum would be as follows: Stanza #1: 1 2 3 4 Stanza #2: 2 5 4 6
Earthbound Angel (A Monotetra Elegy)
'The monotetra consists of any number of stanzas of four lines each. Each stanza contains a monorhyme, so that the pattern of the stanzas would be “aaaa bbbb cccc” and so on… this is where the “mono” in the name of the form comes in. The “tetra” in the name of the form is because each line of each stanza is written in tetrameter... The other aspect of the monotetra is that the fourth line of each stanza is a repeating four-syllable phrase...' http: //forums.mosaicmusings.net/index.php? showtopic=253 Earthbound Angel (an elegy for a lovely poet and friend)
Poetic Vice Scribble, dribble, wriggle, wretch there he sits upon his bench
When Lightning Strikes (A Luc Bat)
The luc bat is a Vietnamese form of poetry. It means simply 'six eight' due to its pattern of syllables per line: 6,8,6,8,6,8, etc. It can be as long or as short as you'd like, but what really makes this form interesting is the rhyming structure in which the sixth syllable of every eight-syllable line rhymes with the last syllable of the six-syllable line before it, which in turn rhymes with the eighth syllable of the eight-syllable line before it. When the end of the poem is reached, the last line jumps back and rhymes with the first. In other words, the syllables go like this: * * * * * a * * * * * a * b
Nurtured By Nature (A Retourne)
The retourne is all about repetition. It contains four quatrains and each line has eight syllables. The trick is that the first stanza's second line must also be the second stanza's first line, the first stanza's third line is the third stanza's first, and the first stanza's fourth line is the fourth stanza's first. Retournes do not have to rhyme. Nurtured by Nature
My Undecided Muse
My Undecided Muse My muse, she is a fickle bird her songs stretch far and wide.
Spirited From The Guf (A Rondeau)
The rondeau is a three-stanza poem consisting of approximately ten to fifteen lines total, generally with either eight syllables per line or ten. Its distinctive features are the use of only two rhymes throughout the entire poem and a half-line refrain which begins the first stanza's first line and forms the entirety of the second and third stanza's last lines. The rhyme scheme varies with the number of lines. A typical rhyme scheme for a fifteen-line rondeau is aabba aabC aabbaC, where C represents the first half of the rondeau's first line. The refrain does not rhyme with anything else in the poem. Spirited from the Guf
Lovers flit from flower to flower
ignoring flora's lusty dower.
So, there she would wait, a lovely sight
wishing for her lover to alight
and spread her seed with April showers.
She watches from her lofty bower