In further attempts to understand the jackpine sonnet and to help those who have still yet to enter the contest, I have written some examples of my own. These were the poems read at the launch party of issue 76 and celebration of 20 years of Geist. The sonnets do not expand as much as some jackpine sonnets can grow. I started by writing a sonnet, then allowing the sound of the poem to expand lines to allow for musicality to flow through, or in other circumstances, to let the punch line hit a little stronger. These are just a couple of examples of how to approach the jackpine. There are endless ways to create your own jackpine sonnet, but I don't recommend writing about Lady Gaga or Batman. Remember, deadline is July 1st, 2010, so get working.
He spent months finding the right fabric. Dark,
shimmery satin cloak, a smart belt to match.
Latex caused too many bleeding nipples,
like marathons without Band-aids. He tried silk
but sweating made the fabric hang low like
loose skin. He tried black leggings since
they were all the rage, but when he ran
the leggings would rise to reveal hairy
knees. He switched to lycra spandex so
that when he ran, the fabric would move
with his skin and when he slinked into
the Batmobile, his spandex stretched and would
stick slick against the curve of his back
to let Robin linger at his utility pack.
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Write Ra ra ah, Lady Gaga. Take a
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Palestine, gay marriage, Sandra Bullock’s
Oscar Dress, John and Kate’s mess, whose been can’d
for sleeping with their assistant, Heather Locklear’s
fears, guys from cheers who have gotten fat. Free
sex chat, lolcatz, celebrity spat. Queer
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Blog about Tiger Wood’s sex scandal, claim
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Make graphs about the ‘80s, single ladies,
youtube side boob, free nudes, dudes balls and all.
Above all else, include pics of titties
and kitties, preferably in close proximity.