Experimental Poetry Form: circle eight

This experimental poetry form is called circle eight.  It has eight stanzas.  Each stanza has three lines.  Each lines has three words.  The stanzas are laid out in a circle that is read clockwise.  The stanzas are around the circle in roughly the pattern that would be gotten by bisecting a circle four times.  Below is what the form looks like with the stanzas represented by sets of three letters.


                            HHH                                                  BBB


                   GGG                                                                     CCC


                            FFF                                                    DDD


Experimental Poetry Form: Eight, eight and first words

This experimental poetry form called is eight, eight and first words.  In the form, there are eight lines.  Each line has eight words.  There is a word pattern as follows:

The first word of the second line, is the second word of the first line.

The first word of the third line, is the third word of the first line.

The first word of the fourth line, is the fourth word of the first line.


The first word of the eighth line, is the eighth word of the first line.

The form looks as follows with *’s representing words that aren’t repeated with any intention, and letters representing repeated words:


Here is an example poem:

There thinking back upon the past decision made,
thinking of the moment of choice that day,
back in the place with the stone pathways,
upon the ground with the designation of thought,
the deep sense of stepping forward with words,
past decisions though cannot be changed with sense,
decision is a stone with a great weight,
made by moments of past thoughts and times.

Some issues to keep in mind when using the form are, first, to think about the form of words in the first line.  The form of verb or whether a noun is singular or plural can affect its use as the first word of another line.  Also, counting by words may not be as natural to some as counting by syllables.  Counting the words of each line as each is written would be advisable.  Thirdly, there is the idea that the poem must make sense in the form.  It must fit within it and still have some clarity.

Experimental Poetry Form: eight two word lines

This experimental poetry form is called eight two word lines.  The name of the form describes it.  There are eight lines, each with two words.  There are no other restrictions.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

Fall day,
green grass,
nice breeze.

A stop,
for rest,
in sunshine.

Dappled light,
is peaceful.

P.S. Today’s post is the 650th post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.