Today’s post adds a section for my Sunday Scribblings post; the second in the series of weekly posts until I am done with the Cybils reading: Cybils Awards Roundup Two for Nonfiction Reads.
The Clarity Pyramid
What is the Clarity Pyramid?
It is a poetry form created by Jerry P. Quinn, and consists of two triplets followed by a single line (7 lines in all). Usually, this poem is center aligned when displayed. Each line is syllabic with an increasing number of syllables from 1 to 8 (skipping 4). The poem itself is thematic too – centered around an idea represented by the poem’s title which is also its first single syllable line.
The Clarity Pyramid’s Characteristics
So here are this form’s key elements:
- syllabic: 1,2,3 – 5,6,7 – 8
- thematic and structural: all lines revolve around a central word – the title of the poem (the first line of the poem) – see below for details for each line. Center aligned when displayed.
Title (one syllable word displayed in all capitals)
Two syllable line (synonym/definition of title)
Three syllable line (synonym/definition of title)
Second triplet: This describes a life event centered around or one which provides a poetic view or outlook on the first line/title. The syllabic count is as below:
5 syllable line
6 syllable line
7 syllable line
The last line is 8 syllables, and is in quotations as this line contains a quote that defines the first word/title.
I decided to reuse one of the poems from that original post (you can check out the other one I attempted as well in that post).
First smiles, words, walks, they
enthrall, make memories,
hold your heart in their palms.
“teach us what life is all about.”
– Vidya Tiru (@ LadyInReadWrites)
On the Home Front
We celebrated Deepavali, the festival of lights this weekend. And it was certainly lowkey this year without the usual gatherings of friends and families. In an effort to include at least a few of our close friends and family who live in the neighborhood, we packaged and dropped off homemade snacks and sweets at their homes.
It reminded me of when I was all of 10 (and a few years around that age as well) when I took platters filled with goodies my mom made to the homes of many friends in our little town, one at a time. The aunty of each home would ask me to take a seat while she replaced the items on the platter with the sweet and savory preparations made for the festival at their home; and of course, I can’t be kept waiting without doing anything so I was given a small plate of goodies to snack on while this replacement was going on! Definitely a job I relished(pun intended) doing for my mom, and glad my brother never wanted to do it (I guess he did not realize he was missing out on deliciousness!).
My Blog Posts
From my last Sunday Scribblings
- Inspired Book Pairing of Great Nonfiction and Fiction
- Balderdash: A Wonderful Word and A Delightful Book
- 6 More Powerful Women To Read About
- Sunday Scribblings #50: A Collective Whoop of Victory
On My Blog and Home-front
College applications continue; reading and reading for the Cybils continues!
This Week’s Celebrations
For this week, here are a few I might enjoy celebrating…
- International Observances: November 16th is the International Day for Tolerance; the 20th is Universal Children’s Day; the 21st is World Hello Day (simply say hello!); and the third Thursday of November is World Philosophy Day
- Food! The 16th is National Fast Food Day; the 17th is National Baklava Day and National Homemade Bread Day; the 20th is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day; and the 21st is National Gingerbread Cookie Day!
- Other: With the 16th and 17th being what they are, no wonder the 17th is also National Take A Hike Day! And then stay indoors (or take it to the backyard if the weather permits) on the 21st for National Play Monopoly Day. And if you need something else, then you have National Absurdity Day on the 20th of November for all those something elses you can conjure!!
- Week-long observances: it is book awards time everywhere!! It is National Book Awards Week… And it is also American Education Week, so more to do with literacy this week… 🙂
Cybils Awards Roundup Two
The list of books reviewed on my blog since my last (or rather, first) roundup post. Not too many reviewed though I have read many more…
- The Voice that Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History
- The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne
- Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers’ Rights
- Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Elizabeth Warren’s Big, Bold Plans
- Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice
- We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport (this one is still a read in progress, and this link points to a #Nonficnov post about book pairings)
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, this was it for my Sunday Scribblings and the Cybils Awards Roundup Two. I would love to hear your comments on my post(s), poetic Sunday section, and anything else. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate (or any other)? Also, I do look forward to reading your poems (hoping you have attempted one or the other forms so far?!)