Experimental Poetry Form: Indention and word counts

This experimental poetry form is based off of indentions and word counts.  The form has three lines.  The first line is indented zero spaces, the second line is indented two spaces and the third line is indented fifty spaces.  The first line has one word, the second two, and the third three.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

  wind blows,
                                                  over gray tombstones

Indentions in a poetry form can create a pause, separate ideas, and create emphasis.  When this is paired with word counts, it can create a certain effect.

In the poem above, the first line, being just one word, simply states an idea.  The poem has something to do with outside.  There is no connotation that is either positive or negative.

The next line is indented two spaces.  This helps create an effect in the poem above that this line is somehow about the first.  At this stage, the reader of the poem knows about wind blowing outside, yet, again there is no positive or negative connotation.  The limitation of two words, means that the idea has to be simply stated.

The last line is indented fifty spaces.  It is set apart from the first two lines.  This setting apart gives an effect.  It is almost like hearing something, turning a corner, and seeing what it is.  There is a small element of surprise.  This line ends the poem with a negative connotation.  Having three words means that that idea can be expressed somewhat more.

Using the form describe, and changing the last line, the effect of the poem could also have been positive.  For example, the poem could have been:

  wind blows,
                                                  butterfly shaped kites

The last line being changed alters the effect of the poem, although the form and the first two lines are the same.

This experimental poetry form combining indentions and word counts can be used to express many ideas.  The form is simple, so that the ideas can be more focused on.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Fruit and flower on a stem

Fruit and flower on a stem

Please see the post entitled: Artwork to inspire poetry: Grapevine.  This post is inspired by that one.

This artwork, derives its colors from the photograph from the post A photograph to inspire poetry: Butterfly.  The artwork is of a fruit and flower on a stem.  The orange hue, comes from the butterfly, the pinkish color comes from a wild strawberry, the white, comes from a clover flower, and the green from a blade of grass in the photograph (the blue background was chosen to provide contrast for the white from the flower, but could be assumed to represent the unseen blue sky in the photograph).

This artwork is related to the photograph, in that a butterfly pollinates flowers, which sometimes makes fruit (this relationship is in addition to the one of the artwork using the colors from the photograph).  Generally also, the photograph is of a spring scene, and so is this artwork.

This artwork could be used to inspire poetry in a number of ways.  A poet could be inspired to write about someone picking fruit from a tree or the smell of fruit flowers.  A poet might write about a garden, or they could write about an artist painting a picture of fruit on a tree.  A poet could see this artwork, and be inspired in a different direction, and write about pesticide.  A poet might take a broader view, and see the orange hue in the photograph, and think about someone from their past who used to wear a shirt or a dress in that color, and write a poem about them.  This artwork could be used in poetry in a number of different ways.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Butterfly


This photograph is of a butterfly, on a clover flower, by wild strawberries, in the sunshine.  One way that this photograph can inspire poetry, is simply from the idea of spring.  All of the elements (a butterfly, flowers, strawberries and sunshine) relate to spring, and can be used as elements in a poem.