I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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28 October 2016

Learning the Dizain

I find in the dizain, it seems, a form
tailored to my hand: flexible yet firm.
A sensitive glove? Or a tool I hold
for shaping, sculpting? Both, and more – a home
I recently moved into, bringing old
favourite items to augment the new.
I arrange the space around me, walk through
rooms that offer unexpected pleasures,
gaze from windows that show me a new view –
strangely at ease as I claim these treasures.

With thanks to Robert Lee Brewer for introducing me to this form.


  1. The medium is the message! So enjoyed this one...a treatise, a position statement, an example of the form par excellence, a poet's bio...and a beautifully crafted work that sings with its perfected rhythm and its uncontrived rhymes.

  2. I have no idea what most forms of poetry are, but I like the flow and rhythm of this.

  3. Love this one. I wondered what the attraction was, when every part of me screams "don't fence me in" and fights to escape all form.

    1. I usually prefer free verse myself, but also like to play with form now and then – I find, as others have, that the constraints can force one into more interesting ways of saying things. The initial reason for doing so many dizains at present is that they are the subject of a form challenge at Poetic Asides this month. I dislike being competitive as a rule, particularly about poetry, but the PA challenges always seem like fun instead, and one way to measure myself. (Not that I expect to win this one. There are some superb things being written by others.) And then – somehow this form seems to suit me down to the ground, which was unexpected, and makes me fascinated to keep exploring it. Will I end by boring my readers? Hell, Shakespeare only wrote sonnets (well, between the plays which were his bread and butter). The fact that I am not quite Shakespeare could be a teeny problem, of course – but I probably won't do them exclusively forever anyhow.

  4. A wonderful walk through a newly discovered world

  5. New surroundings can be therapeutic and be most appreciated