12 Degrees & Skiving

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

About 12 Degrees & Skiving

12C & Skiving began as a year-long challenge: January 1 2012 – 31December 2012; one poet, one poem a week each for a year, following 52 different poetic forms on any subject.

Following a definite poetic form creates what at first seems like a limitation, a restraint, the muse muzzled and the creative torrent channeled and tamed at best. At worst, twee.  And sometimes, you’ll find, they are twee.

As I write and hone, however, poetic stanzas, meter and rhyme become merely the framework of the doorway I hang onto as I lean out into the world; it’s a skeleton and flesh for the mind and soul to fill, the instrument through which breath and movement are whittled into song. And it’s sudoku for the writing brain.

Some poems are meticulous, others hurried unpolished drafts, and many I will no doubt look back on and cringe…

The purpose of 12C & Skiving was to challenge myself with varying structures and the discipline of writing for myself every day and to have fun along the way. I had fun, so much so that I’ve continued using this space as a place to offer up poetry as I write it.



14 comments on “About 12 Degrees & Skiving

  1. Lucy
    December 31, 2011

    Nice one girls! Look forward to it! Good luck!

  2. fivereflections
    April 22, 2012

    nice to meet you

    David in Maine USA

    • kittykatmandoo
      March 14, 2013

      Nice to meet you too! Apologies for the loooong time before a reply 🙂

  3. Lois
    August 4, 2012

    What a challenge!

    • kittykatmandoo
      March 14, 2013

      Thank you – yes…I can say in retrospect (7 months after your comment, so sorry for the incredibly late reply!) that it was indeed a challenge – more in regards to consistent motivation that the actual writing…

      • Lois
        March 14, 2013

        Oh consistent motivation… I know all about that! Consistent distraction is something I’m also very familiar with!

  4. aishasoasis
    May 4, 2014

    Very inspiring, what a great challenge, and so nice to meet you! Greetings from Egypt!;^)

  5. Jane Dougherty
    October 17, 2014

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. Do with it what you will. Just look at some of the other blogs maybe, or pass it on. The full rules are on Laine’s blog—I didn’t go the full monty


    • Kittykatmandoo
      October 22, 2014

      Grazie mille, Jane, apologies for a late reply – in transit to the land of Oz 🙂
      I’ll pass this on when I’ve aligned with this international dateline 😉

      • Jane Dougherty
        October 22, 2014

        You are one of those people it’s impossible to keep up with. I have a sister lke that—never know which continent she’s on at any given moment 🙂

      • Kittykatmandoo
        November 7, 2014

        Oh it feels like that from this end, too….just back on the boot yesterday, complete with voyagers’ virus. Keen to stay put for some time in the foreseeable future. Very tired!

      • Jane Dougherty
        November 9, 2014

        Over-winter in Italy. And stay away from Manchester. You’ll be right as rain 🙂

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