A poetry chapbook by Gwynn Scheltema
What people are saying about Ten of Diamonds
I was much impressed with the whole collection. All the poems in the book evoke other places, persons and times with their verbal music, and never sound forced or merely quaint. The notes at the back are luxurious “value added.” Allan Briesmaster – Poet and
Publisher/ Editor at Aeolus House
It’s stunning! Love the cover and the entire presentation, so crisp, and what beautiful paper stock. Every poem so creatively distinct from the next. Brilliant work by an extraodinary poet. Heidi Croot – Memoirist
“Song of the Sixties” will, I expect, trigger multiple earworms for anyone who reads it, not to mention a flood of memories for the generation that grew up in the sixties. Judges Comments when “Song of the Sixties” won the 2021 Winning Words Poetry Contest.
A bit about this Collection
This chapbook of constraint poems was my COVID project. And the first question everyone asks is “What is a constraint poem?”
In poetry, a constraint, as in common usage of the word, refers to some sort of shackle or boundary that has been imposed, certain requirements needed. Perhaps the poem, has a certain numbers of lines or syllables or rhyme scheme. Think limericks or haiku. The constraint could also be as simple as including the name of a season, or a particular town, perhaps beginning with a given line. Anything really.
For my collection, I had FIVE constraints that appear in every poem, hopefully without calling attention to themselves. The first three were suggested by other people, and I added two more:
- the name of a famous diamond
- an archaic or seldom used word
- set in a time that is not now
- two colours
- one article of clothing
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About the Poet
Gwynn Scheltema’s poetry has been published in anthologies, journals and magazines in Canada, Europe and South Africa, online and in print. She is one of five featured poets in One Ticket Five Rides. (Whirling Dervish Press). Gwynn writes from her peaceful home on the shores of Lake Seymour on the Trent Severn Waterway system in Ontario, Canada, but she was born and raised amid drought and dust and civil war in Southern Africa. These two contrasting landscapes vie for attention in her writing. Ten of Diamonds was her COVID project, published in June this year.