Experimental Poetry Form: nine squares

This experimental poetry form is called nine squares.  The poem is mainly based on the layout on the page.

The poem consists of nine stanzas.  Each stanza is a square.  Each stanza consists of three lines, with three words per line.  The poem is laid out in nine squares as shown below:

***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***

 

***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***

 

***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***
***                         ***                         ***

Each * represents a word and each block of *’s represents a stanza.  Depending on what the poet wants, the poem could be read by row or by column.  The spacing between columns can be variable as long as it is consistent between columns and gives the look of blocks as shown above.  The same notion applies to the spacing between rows.

 

P. S. This is the one hundredth “singular” experimental poetry form on this blog. It is the one hundredth experimental poetry from that isn’t in some way part of something else, such as a post series.

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