The opening master class at PubSense Summit featured a presentation by the stunning Rachel Bagby, creator of Dekaaz, a fascinating form of poetry — yes, poetry — that is catching fire in tweets across the twitterverse! She originated Dekaaz Facilitation®, based on an innovative poetic form that allows conference participants to galvanize the power of just 10 syllables to access their unique voices and distill vast amounts of information into sharable wisdom.
Why is this concept attractive to authors? Because it forces us to focus on the subject at hand and cook it down to its most potent message. A Dekaaz poem (Deka for 10 and A-Z for A to Z = Dekaaz) is just 10 syllables — two syllables in the first line, three in the second line and five in the third line.
Authors / All About / Making Connections
Knowledge / And Action / Coming Together
Thank you / For the smile / You bring out in me
Write, speak / And share your / quotable wisdom
Pubsense / Avenues / Opportunity
Because they’re short and potent, these Dekaaz poems happen to make excellent tweets, too!
Several of the PubSense Summit participants got into the act and began a wall of Dekaaz poems. Want to see more? Head to Twitter and search #dekaaz #PubSense15 — you’ll see how quick, easy and clever they can be! (Shown above, a wall of Dekaaz entries from PubSense Summit participants)
Visit Rachel’s site at http://rachelbagby.com/dekaaz/ where you can submit a Dekaaz of your own!
Think you can describe your book in 10 syllables? Jot us a Dekaaz in your comment below and we’ll share your book and words on WWW’s Twitter page, too!
Rachel Bagby is an award-winning vocal artist, international speaker, recording artist and author passionate about mentoring women to unleash their voices as instruments of change. She has keynoted or presented in hundreds of venues on topics ranging from “Writing Lives, Writing Activism” for journalists to “Spirit in Action: The Heart and Soul of the Advocate” for lawyers, to “Voice Blessings,” part of Women, Love and Power with Marianne Williamson and Oprah Winfrey.
Rachel has penned numerous articles for leading publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Time, and Ms. Magazine and contributed chapters to several anthologies, such as The Columbia Documentary History of American Women Since 1941. Her first book was published by Harper SanFrancisco: Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices.