Kenning Poem (NaPoWriMo 2016)

Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a “kenning” poem:

[T]hink of a single thing or person … and then write a poem that consists of kenning-like descriptions of that thing or person.

(Provided examples can be seen here and here.)

I love kennings! I love how playful they can be, and how they challenge you to conceptualize the world in a different, more essential, way.

There’s a sense from the way today’s challenge is described that a kenning poem should aspire to function as a riddle. I suck at riddles, though, so I’m confident the object I chose to describe is perfectly obvious to all. That’s OK—I’m proud of my description.

Kenning Poem

Ink-stained
Tree-pulped
Symbol-laden

Tightly-bound
Cover-protected
Leaf-riffled

Mean-making
Idea-elucidating
Knowledge-sharing

Assumption-challenging
Experience-voicing
Empathy-inducing

Mind-expanding
Imagination-inspiring
Dream-capturing

Record-of-humanity

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