|2014 Jerwood/Arvon mentors and mentees|
I'm two thirds of the way through the Octanka digital literature project that I committed myself to at the beginning of this month.
I'm taking it in turns with fellow Jerwood/Arvon poetry mentees Deborah ‘Debris’ Stevenson and Holly Corfield Carr to write a renga of linked poems or poetic fragments. The renga is made up of tanka, of which one poet provides the first, three line, stanza (equivalent to the modern haiku), and the next poet provides the concluding two line stanza - and so on. We exchange the fragments via Twitter.
The three of us have very different writing styles and subject matter. I check my Twitter feed with a mixture of terror and excitement to find out where we're heading next. Sometimes there's a fantastic buzz of collaboration and sometimes I feel we're all fighting for the steering wheel of a car heading towards a cliff.
I'll miss it when it is over.
If you want more background on the Octanka project, try Deborah's blog here or Holly's blog here. All of the tweets in the project use the hashtag #octanka, and all of the underlying poems are retweeted from the @octanka account.