Experimental Poetry Form: footprints

Today’s poetry form is called footprints.  It is based off of layout on the page and letter counts.  The form looks as follows:

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

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

In the form, there are twenty words – ten on the first line, and ten on the second.  Each word is separated by five spaces.  The second line is indented five spaces.  Each word is five letters.

The idea is that the words resemble footprints.  Each footprint (word) is the same length, there is an equal amount of length between footprints, and the footprints are side by side, but offset.

When reading the poem, it should be read alternating from one line to the other, like feet walk.  The first word read, is the first word of the first line.  The second word read, is the first word of the second line.  The third word read, is the second word of the first line.  The forth word read, is the second word of the second line.  This pattern continues for the whole poem.

Here is an example poem:

Ideas     among     minds     where     glows     night     while     among     speak     words

     known     human     dwell     light     after     wanes     hopes     stars     quiet     aloud.

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Experimental Poetry Form: Five, Five, Five

This experimental poetry form is called five, five, five.  It consists of one stanza of five lines.  Each line has five words.  Each word has five letters.  Here is an example poem:

After night began, teeth awoke –
sharp teeth, clear above trees.
Death fills black empty skies.
Below panic.  Below forms dread.
Teeth gleam after night began.

Experimental Poetry Form: five

Today’s experimental poetry form is called five.  It consists of five lines.

The first line of the poem has five words.

The second line of the poem has five syllables.

The third line of the poem has five iambic feet.

The fourth line of the poem has five letters.

The fifth line of the poem has five trochaic feet.

Here is an example poem:

The dog ran far away,
escaping the yard,
and all about the people looked for him.
Night.
Slowly walking minus canine friendship.

Experimental Poetry Form: alternating four and five letter words

Today’s experimental poetry form has the criteria of alternating four and five letter words.  Other than this, the form has no criteria.  One way to use the form, as shown below, would be to apply it to another form.  In this case, the form was applied to the haiku form.

 

Some paths flow about,
seen among cool light blue stars,
eyes stare over hills

 

The form is not difficult to use, however some thought must be given to word choice, both to find words that match the correct letter count, and to find words that make sense in order.  Applying the form to another form, does increase the difficulty some.