12 Degrees & Skiving

what began as year-long challenge has become perpetual until further notice

• Week 38 • Go Vat •

Learning Italian

A taut, flighty and poetic creature
the language alone is its own teacher
never for a moment in full view

it carries grass seeds in its coat; each bur
the makings of my new life, its features
never for a moment in full view

words follow the torrent, soft as peach fur
belie the methods by which to reach her
they’re never in full view

The Go Vat form (from Cambodia) is a set of stanzas that follows the rhyme and repeat scheme a,a, B. I’ve followed the examples I’ve seen to make the two rhyming lines of each stanza 10 syllables each.


3 comments on “• Week 38 • Go Vat •

  1. kerry Taylor
    September 23, 2012

    Nice one Ali…now try it in Italian!

    Kerry Taylor

  2. Kittykatmandoo
    February 29, 2016

    Reblogged this on the shiny adventures of kittykatmandoo and commented:

    The original poem written in 2012 in English (below) is in the ‘Go Vat’ form from Cambodia. Written Italiano February 2106.

    “Imparare l’italiano”

    Una creatura tesa, volubile e poetica
    il linguaggio da solo è il suo insegnante
    mai per un’attimo in vista completa

    porta i semi d’erba nel sua pelo; ogni amento
    la stoffa della mia vita nuova, le sue caratteristiche
    mai per un attimo in vista completa

    le parole seguono il torrente, languinose come la pelliccia di pesca
    smentiscono i metodi con cui per raggiungerla
    non sono mai in vista completa

Tell me wotcha reckon

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