The Oardelskonkje: a new poetry form in times of crisis.

As travelling is ruled out for the coming time, we’ve all become travellers who have to find their feet in the new situation. Syds Wiersma thought that we do not stand on two feet on the ground anymore, but rather one and a half, and so the new poetry form devell ped: the one and a half leg, or in Frisian, the Oardelskonkje.

If it not were for the corona crisis, Wiersma would be in Ireland to finish writing his poetry volume now. “We’ve all become travellers on one and a half leg” he says. Today, on April 30th, RIXT has published the explanation and first Oardelskonkjes by Syds Wiersma. You can find it here (in Frisian).

The Oardelskonkje is a crisis variant on the haiku. It has fifteen words, divided in two stanzas. The first stanza has ten words, the second five. Numerically and visually, it is oardel (one and a half) skonk (leg). The form is free for the poet, allthough a chute in between the stanzas works best according to Wiersma. Several Oardelskonkjes can form a thread, just like haikus.

We invite everyone to explore this new form and send in Oardelskonkjes. The editorial board will select Oardelskonkjes for publication on May 15th, which has been proclaimed Day of the Oardelskonkje.

picture: Geart Tigchelaar

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