Experimental Poetry Form: puzzle pieces

Today’s experimental poetry form is called puzzle pieces.  The form works in a way such that the first part can be combined with the second part.

The poem is written as two stanzas.  The first stanza has five lines, each with four words.  The second stanza has five lines, each with one word.

Each stanza may or may not make sense on their own, however, if they are combined properly, the resulting stanza would make sense. They can be combined in such a way that the words from stanza two could become the end words for stanza one, with each stanza two word combining with its corresponding line in stanza one.  This is an element of the form.

Here is how the form looks:




The *’s represent words in the first stanza.  The bracketed letters in the first stanza are place holders for the corresponding words in the second stanza.  In using the form, the bracketed letters would be blank spaces.  The bracketed letters represent the spaces where the words from stanza two would fit if they were written in stanza one (although they are not written in stanza one for the use of the form).  Again, being able to fit these words into stanza one, is an element of the form.

The idea of the form is to show a poem in pieces.  It is similar to a puzzle in pieces.  The first stanza represents the part of the puzzle that is mostly completed, and the second stanza represents the remaining pieces.

The idea is that while each part may or may not make sense on its own, the reader should be able to see how they fit together.  This adds to the effect of the poem by engaging the reader.

To make the form easier to use, a poet could write a five line one stanza poem with five words per line, and then transform it to this form.  Below is an example which illustrates this, as well as the general use of the form.

Below is an example poem with one stanza, with five lines and five words per line.

The cat hid so quietly
as the dogs moved quickly
it watched the danger move
knowing that its presence unseen
in the shadows vanished away.


To apply the form, this poem is then broken into two stanzas as follows:

The cat hid so
as the dogs moved
it watched the danger
knowing that its presence
in the shadows vanished



This new poem follows the form.  As can be seen, the end words from each of the first five lines became lines of their own as a second stanza.  If the words were put back, the poem would make sense.

As can be seen in this example, the form can be used such that the two stanzas of the form, both separately and together, as well as the combined part that would normally not be written for the reader, can each make sense.  Having the separate stanzas make sense each alone, as well as if read together, can be more difficult than simply writing the combined poem and then breaking it up without regard for how it reads in pieces, but if done, this adds to the effect of the poem.

Experimental Poetry Form: 3 3 6

This experimental poetry form is called 3 3 6.  The form is as follows:

The first line has three words.

The second line has three words, that are not any of the words from the first line.

The third line has all of the words from the first and second lines, but no more and not in exactly the same order as they were in the first and second lines.

Here is an example:

The still cat,
watches a dog.

A still dog watches the cat.

Bilingual Poem: Turning empty

The dog loved walking,
but turned back because of the heat,
  a cat drank from the bird bath.

El perro encantó andando,
pero volvió porque del calor,
  un gato bebió del bañera de ave.

P.S.  Today on MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.  The photograph is of an insect and the artwork is of a miner.  The poem is about both the insect and the miner, and the fiction is about the insect.

The photograph and artwork, can inspire poetry and the poem can be read.  As it relates to this blog, it is noteworthy, that the fiction story was written in a poetic manner.  It was influenced by poetry style.  In addition, the story itself can inspire poetry.

As a side note, the type of insect in the photograph, has not been identified.  It appears to be some type of wasp.  Should any reader know the exact type of insect that it is, please let M. Sakran know by using the contact page on this blog or on MSakran.com.

Poetry topic idea: fiction

The poetry topic idea for today’s post is fiction.

Using this idea, a poet could write a poem about something fictional.  While many poems may be about actual events in a poet’s life, a poet could write a poem about something fictional to illustrate an idea.

For example, a poet may never have been to another country, but may like the idea of expressing the feelings that may come the first time a person does so.  A poet could write a fictional poem about that topic to express those ideas.

Additionally, rather than writing a fictional poem, a poet might choose to write a poem about fiction.  Fiction has many aspects – story, plot, characters, relation to reality, imagination, etc. – and a poet could write about these elements in a poem.

Here is an example that uses both ideas – it is a fictional poem about fiction:

In the afternoon,
she sat at the table,
writing a story,
about the woman,
who lost her cat.

In the morning,
she sat at the table,
writing poster signs,
about her dog,
that was missing.