Experimental Poetry Form: 15 bean soup

Today’s experimental poetry form is called 15 bean soup.  It is based off of the idea of fifteen different things coming together to make one thing.

The poetry form is simple.  It consists of fifteen words each starting with a different letter.  Each word represents a bean in the soup.  Other than this requirement, the poem can look how the poet wants.

Here is an example poem:

in the forest
searching about,

Growing darkness
hides every path.

Knowing no respite.

Experimental Poetry Form: Descending trochaic lines

This experimental poetry form is called descending trochaic lines.  It consists of five lines.  The first line has 10 syllables, the second 8, the third 6, the fourth 4 and the last 2.  Each line is written in trochaic meter.  The idea here is to take something familiar, a poem with lines of decreasing syllable length, and change it a little, from either no meter or iambic meter, to trochaic meter.

Here’s an example poem:

Eagles flying, treetops cover hunting,
mammals scatter quickly fleeing,
piercing vision searches,
branches cover,