For the letter D, I bring you the dixdeux poetic form, a delightful picture book that is sure to leave you, well, delighted, and last but not least, top dix poetry books featured during 2021’s A to Z Challenge!!
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The Dixdeux Poetic Form
From French for 10-2, this poetic form draws inspiration from the haiku.
The Dixdeux’s Characteristics
At its most basic, the dixdeux’s characteristics are that it is:
- Stanzaic: written in one or more tercets (three-lined stanzas). In dixdeux with more than one stanza, line 3 becomes a refrain
- Syllabic: has a syllable count of 10/10/2 across the three lines of each stanza
- Titled: noting this here since the haiku, which inspires this form, is untitled
This is How it Looks
When more than one tercet:
and so on….
My Deux Dixdeux
The Dish: Dosa
Rice urad, three to one, soak overnight
Grind, ferment, salt, cook the batter crepe like.
If you want to dress it up a bit more,
like we normally do, chutneys are great.
Wish for something more authentic instead?
Pair it up with some warm spicy sambar.
The options are endless, you will see,
The humble dosa – truly a delight.
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
The Dessert: Double ka meetha
Fried bread, sugar syrup, ghee toasted nuts,
Condensed milk too! Layer them all and bake
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
While I have made dosa numberless times at home, and the double ka meetha a few times over the years, I haven’t featured the recipes specifically on my blog. So for those unfamiliar with the dishes, you can check out the wikipedia pages for the same – dosa here and double ka meetha here.
The D Book
Today’s D book is not a poetry book per se, but it can be easily considered to be in the realm of poetry. Like most children’s picture books, it employs many poetic devices. The book itself uses the abcderian poetic form, as well as consonance and alliteration among other techniques. So it makes sense to include it here.
Doris’ Dear Delinquents
Title: Doris’ Dear Delinquents
Author/Illustrator: Emma Ward
Publishers: Clavis (November 2, 2021)
Genre: Children’s Fiction (4 – 7 years, and up)
Source: e-RC from NetGalley
Doris the gharial has her motherly hands full with twenty-six misbehaved hatchlings. Follow along on a journey through the alphabet as she tries to bring peace back into her home.
Adorable, bungling, cute, darling, energetic, fun(ny) gharial fill the pages of this book with their misdeeds and mishaps! As we travel from A to Z, we can delight in the absurd, LOL at the humor, and nod our mom-heads (or parent or caretaker or well, anyone who knows or has dealt with mischievous little ones) at the realities of life (like Lucas lacking clothes or Samuel being sassy)!! The illustrations, while simple, are stunningly detailed in their portrayal of the antics, and I loved the pastel color palette.
Overall, a book that any one will love to sink their teeth into!!
Get it here
Top Dix Tuesday
This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl is a freebie so I decided to revisit my reads from last year’s National Poetry Month and bring you ten favorites.. (well, I loved all the books I read, so this is more like ten random picks!)..
Wonderful Poetry Books
Or, Ten of my favorites from books featured during National Poetry Month 2021
- The Crossover
- Freedom Over Me
- Goodnight Songs
- Inside Out & Back Again
- Laughing Out Loud, I Fly
- May B
- Three Things I Know Are True
- Voices in the Air
- Yellow Star
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear readers, have you read any of the featured or listed books? I would love to hear your thoughts of them (if you have read them) as well as recommendations for any similar books. What do you think about the dixdeux form? Will you try your hand at one? If you do, I would love to read it!
Previous posts for this challenge are in links below.