Today’s experimental poetry form is called filter.
In the form, there are two stanzas. Each stanza has three lines. Each line has five words.
In the first stanza, each word must contain the letter “a”. In the second stanza, none of the words can contain the letter “a”. The idea is that the letter “a” was “filtered out” between the first and the second stanza.
Here is an example poem using the form:
Many emails arrive each day.
Communication has acquired great ease.
Substantial contemplation has apparently disappeared.
Letters used to be costly.
Thought with effort were there.
Words needed to signify something.
Would anyone like some soft tacos for breakfast?
Soft tacos for breakfast – anyone like some?
Some soft tacos? For breakfast? Anyone?
Some soft tacos? For breakfast?
Soft tacos? … For breakfast?
Soft breakfast tacos.
(32/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Filter
air filter won’t close,
twenty two minutes later –
clogged with frustration
filtro de aire no cerra,
veinte y dos minutos después –
atascé con frustración
As a note, as mentioned with the first bilingual poem on this blog, M. Sakran is not bilingual. Therefore, it is possible that some mistakes are made in translating the English poems into Spanish. Please forgive any mistakes that are made.
This experimental poetry form is called filter. It has one stanza with eight lines. The first line has eight words, the second seven, the third six, and the decrease continues, until the last line has only one word.
The first line sets the pieces of the poem. It has eight words only.
The second line has seven words only. Those seven words, must be seven of the words from the first line. The second line, has all the words from the first line, except for one.
The third line has six words only. Those six words, must be six of the words from the second line. The third line, has all of the words from the second line, except for one.
This continues with the remaining lines.
The poetry form is called filter, because one word is filtered from the poem with each line.
Two important aspects of the poetry from, are that the lines generally flow together, and all the lines generally make sense. This makes the form more difficult, but may improve the outcome.
As a note, the order of the words in each line, can be different from the previous or any previous lines. The form loose one word with each line, but each line can have a variable order for the words that remain.