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Go, I said (a slinky)
Go, I said, my mouth full of wormwood, when the lies
like larvae crawled out of your wood-work,
that rude wooden city you stabled us in,
woodlice and mildew, its gates monumentally
breached by that old wooden horse-full
constructed from wood I never could see for trees.
Go, I said, to your wooden face,
in a wooden voice, saw-blade tongue spitting chips:
I will lop you like deadwood, split you
down to heartwood, stack you up
for cord-wood and burn you like bridges,
like the banged-up wooden idol of a newly ousted god.
Go, I said, the word itself a pinewood door
colliding with its wooden frame--
and you woodenly went, soundless but for shoe-soles
knock-knock-knocking on wood.
:iconsalshep:salshep 16 13
ghost tour (a slinky)
if you travel along richmond's bridge road by ghost tram,
ghostly commuters suspended by vinyl straps, you'll clatter
through the ghost of industry, factories & shopfronts
like well-smacked gobs, the weathered ghosts of pop stars
peeling off their faces & aging skinheads ghosting past
what's left of the vine hotel [now itself a ghost, dartless
& rife with vegans, menus ghost-written by some TV
celebrity twat] & go by the infamous ghost-house at 117
where martha needle converted her entire family to ghosts
[& in 1896 gave up her own ghost, at the business end
of a sisal rope] -- ride on through the 90's, ghost-like
teen spirit, grunge & recession, the whole country a ghost
of itself & hope a yarn written in the dust of ghost towns
[may as well ghost through the age of millennials]
& the ghost of you will find me by the yarra where we lost
a chunk of '86, under the ghost-gums, drunk on everything
:iconsalshep:salshep 12 17


By now, you all who watch me will be aware of the new poetry form created by edzull this year, called 'the slinky'.  Some of you have even written one!

:bulletblue: :bulletorange: :bulletgreen: Well here's some incentive to do it (or do it again!)

Slinkyfest 2018 is the first annual Slinky competition, brought to you by CommunityLit, the fantastic new group ... for Lit groups (and writers in general, of course). 

:bulletblue: :bulletorange: :bulletgreen: So -- what's a slinky, Sal?

For those unaware, a slinky is a poem of 16 lines, any line length, any meter, rhymed or un-rhymed-- with a single word (must be a noun, verb or adjective) repeated on every single line.

So the word bounces down the lines like a slinky toy. :iconslinkyplz:

For a list of good examples, see the slinky database in the journal linked below:

Some really cool things.Really Cool Thing #1:
First, I wanted to share some poems written in a form invented recently by my good friend edzull : the "slinky". 
The form involves writing 16 lines of verse, in which one word (which ought to be a noun, adjective or verb, and not things like 'and') must be repeated on every line. Sounds pretty simple, right? But it's not all that easy... 
Several people now have tried it out, so I thought it'd be really cool to show them off. 
:iconedzull: edzull  - House Slinky
:iconsalshep: salshep  - ghost tour (a slinky)
  -  Go, I said (a slinky)
:iconwouldwing: wouldwing -  

:bulletblue: :bulletorange: :bulletgreen: Awesome! So how do I enter this fantastic competition?

:bulletgreen: Read the rules carefully!

1. Write a fantastic slinky! Make sure to put (slinky) in the title and tag me in the description box.
2. Submit your entry to ONE Lit group (must be active!) of your choice.  Make sure to tag the group in the description box too!)
3. Join CommunityLit as a Member.
4. Submit your slinky to the 'Slinkyfest 2018' folder by November 15th, 2018.

:bulletred: Admins of Lit groups cannot submit their entry to a group they admin for!
:bulletred: Submission must be new, and written specifically for this contest.

:bulletblue: :bulletorange: :bulletgreen: And what about prizes? :dance:

1. Winner of Best Slinky gets:
:bulletblue: a 3-month sub from CommunityLit
:bulletblue: a 3-month sub courtesy of Evilhappy

2. First runner-up will get:
:bulletblue: a one month sub from CommunityLit
:bulletblue: a one month sub courtesy of Evilhappy

3. Second runner up will get:
:bulletblue: 100 points from CommunityLit
:bulletblue: a one month sub courtesy of Evilhappy

4. AND I will donate a one month sub to the prize pool of any contest being run by the lit group tagged on the winning submission (so that is why  it's important that it be an -active- Lit group, and yes, I will be checking!).

5. All of the above get a journal feature from me.

(I'd be more than happy to add to this prize pool, if anyone would like to donate points, subs, features, anything -- just let me know in this journal and you'll get a mention in the feature, too!)

You have one whole month to write and polish your entry, so get slinking, and slink me some slink!

:bulletblue: :bulletorange: :bulletgreen: Lit group admins -- please pimp this comp!

The more of your members who enter, the more chances you have to win your group a prize!

Also, please do consider affiliating with CommunityLit -- we've just kicked off, but are planning lots of great stuff to help promote Lit groups in future. 

If you have any questions or you'd like some crit on your entry, feel free to drop in to the CommunityLit chatroom and we'll be happy to help. 

:bulletblue: :bulletorange: :bulletgreen: :la: Are you IN?


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I'm really hoping to gather points for subscription prizes, for CommunityLit's first major competition, which will be announced.. when we have prizes sorted.

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barefootliam Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
Thank you for :+fav:ourites on my calligraphy pieces, and Your kind comments :D
comatose-comet Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
This is super late but thank you so much for the fave! It really means a lot :dalove:
HannaIDA Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thanks a lot for the fave on Giovanna! 💛
RedTweny Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
!T!H!K!S! for having spent some your minutes in my gallery and for the fav...very appreciated ! So...a Llama for you ;) (Wink)
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018   Writer
Thanks for the encouragement :iconredsparklesplz:
salshep Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
You are most welcome!
ulfrvandreren Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for the fave! :heart:
Rabi-chi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your poetry and precepts are amazing. It is the first time in forever that I was this much mesmerised. Kudos to your skills. 🌸
salshep Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Such kind words! Thank you for them. :)
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018   Writer
Thanks :iconpurplesparklesplz:
oviedomedina Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
Thanks for the comment and the favorite! Much appreciated!
LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
Thank you so much for adding "Behind the Mask" to your favorites!  I am so honored!  
oviedomedina Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
And thank you again, this time for the favorite on "After readig an Oriental poem"!
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Writer
Thank you :iconredsparklesplz:
Mooroflife Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Student Writer
Thank you so much for the fav!
oviedomedina Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Thank you for the favorite!
tekgoblin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Merci por le grande favourito, frau Shep.
salshep Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018
domo jouj, my friend
oviedomedina Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018
Thank you very much for the comment, the favorite, and the Watch!
StephanePellennec Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Thanks for the :+devwatch:
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