Experimental Poetry Form: loss of words

Today’s experimental poetry form is called loss of words.  The idea here is to have a poem that flows slowly.  Its intention is to sound like someone trying to say some bad news but also trying not to say it.  There should be a sense of having a loss of words.

The form is based off of lines, line breaks and word counts.  There are ten lines and there is a space between each line.  The lines have the word counts as follows:

Line 1: one word
Line 2: three words
Line 3: two words
Line 4: one word
Line 5: two words
Line 6: one word
Line 7: one word
Line 8: one word
Line 9: one word
Line 10: two words


As can be seen, all of the lines are short, none having more than three words.  Also, most of the lines, only have one word.  The idea is for the poem to sound like someone is leading to saying something, but they aren’t saying it.  This is accomplished by the short lines and the line breaks.  Also, since the poem only has fifteen words, it limits the expression of the idea.  This goes in line with the idea of a poem that says something but doesn’t.  Rather than using the few words to express the idea succulently, the idea of the form, is to express the idea vaguely.


Here is an example of a poem written in the form:




here’s the idea,


there’s something,




that’s here,










that isn’t.


This poetry form has a structure (word counts, line breaks and number of lines), but it also has an intent with it.  It was designed for a certain type of poem.  Obviously though, a poet could apply the form to other types of situations.  It may have interesting affects.


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