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Hmm . . . first, I should tell you that the wonderful (and wonderfully talented) Gregory K. Pincus posted an original poem of mine at his GottaBook blog yesterday. The name of the poem is "Where Are Your Shoes?", and it's a little something I wrote just for fun a while back. I hope you'll check it out!

A while further back, I wrote a poem based on the following prompt ganked from a fellow poet at an open reading one night: Pick a fictional character, and have them write a letter to their dead mother. I took the assignment and wrote what is a mixed-up sonnet from the perspective of a character from the Harry Potter books. Savvy readers will identify the speaker easily:

Letter to Mum
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

You never understood me. Never tried
to see a broader world outside the dark
and hateful world in which you lived and died.
You tried your best to snuff out every spark
of friendship with James Potter, every bond
with anyone whose blood you deemed impure.
When I rebelled, you called me immature,
yet you threw tantrums, blasting with your wand
in anger at the heirloom tapestry,
seeking to wipe me from the family.
I would not have you love me, do not care
that you preferred my brother. In the end,
you died alone in your Grimmauld Place lair,
while I died in the service of a friend.


Form: Mixed-up Shakespearean sonnet, if I have to assign it a name. It's written in iambic pentameter (five iambs per line: taDUM taDUM taDUM taDUM taDUM), with the following rhyme scheme: ABABCDCDEEFGFG.

Discussion: I suppose this counts as fan fiction, now I think of it. I could happily write an entire collection along these lines, if I'm being honest. It was so much fun to write! (I siriusly hope that you've all figured out who the speaker was in this poem. Bet you saw what I just did there!)


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kellyrfineman
Apr. 4th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
I love the books, so I'm always surprised when I find people who don't, or who haven't read them. But I do understand that fantasy isn't everyone's bag.

And thank you!
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