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
Caterpillar Relentless, Ravenous Constructing, Evolving, Emerging Wondrous gift of nature
Cupid Wears A Mask
Cupid Wears A Mask Angelic cherub with face so devin.
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;
Data*fied Nursery Rhyme (Aka Erudite Nu...
I wrote this in response to a challenge to take a popular nursery rhyme and make it as technical as possible while keeping it poetic. Anyhow, this was my solution. However, I was sad to find out that this nursery rhyme had already been done and is quite well known. Regardless, it was still loads of fun to write...you should try one :) (My Version) Scintillate, scintillate miniscule self-luminous celestial quintessence
Flight Of The Fledgling (A Partenza Repr...
A Partenza Represa ©2008 is a form original to this poem. It just seemed to develope as I was writing and with the help of a talented friend, I was able to tighten up the form and improve the flow. The Partenza Represa contains any number of four line stanzas which can rhyme or not rhyme depending on preference. The most important features of this form is that it maintains a strict syllable line count of your choosing: 8*6*8*6,8*8*8*8,10*10*10*10...etc. And, each line must begin (anywhere you like) with the last portion of the line before it. Also, it's important to point out that you can either continue the beginning of each stanza with a refrain or you may choose to begin a new line. Let me know if you like it...or don't :) Original version: This one was for when my little one entered preschool. (some have mentioned that they prefer this one) Would you mind telling me which you refer?
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
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
Old Love (Free Verse)
Old Love What love means to me is a partnership of trust,
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
Breaking News...Poet's Leaving For Mars....
Written just for fun and as an introduction to poetsofmars.com Breaking News...Poet's leaving for Mars. (acrostic)
Strength Of Spirit (A Villanelle)
The villanelle is a French form with a heavy emphasis on repetition. It follows the structure given below (in which lower case letters represent rhymes and capital letters represent entire lines) . A(1) b A(2) a b A(1)
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)
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.
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