Experimental Poetry Form: two and three

This experimental poetry form is called two and three.  It is fairly simple.  The poem has ten lines that alternate having two and three syllables per line.  Using syllable counts to show the lines, the form looks like this:

2
3
2
3
2
3
2
3
2
3

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Guess what?
It is soon.
It is.
Near a year.
Next week.
Excited?
You are.
It’s so cool.
Just think,
one whole year.

P. S. The poem above is about M. Sakran’s self-published eBook, Understanding: poems with explanations. It’s an eBook of poems with explanations. The one year anniversary of its self-publication is this Wednesday, the 27th.  If you like the poems with explanations that have been on this blog, you might like the eBook too.

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Experimental Poetry Form: 4353

This experimental poetry form is called 4353.  It uses the number of letters in words as its basis.  The form contains one stanza.  The stanza is four lines long.  Each line of the stanza has four words.  In each line, the first word contains four letters, the second three, the third five and the fourth three.  Using the letter counts to represent the words, the form looks like this:

4 3 5 3
4 3 5 3
4 3 5 3
4 3 5 3

Here is an example poem written in the form:

Time and every bit,
does sit heavy now,
when all sighs hit,
upon the tense day.

The idea of the form is to have a short poem that looks to be based upon word count.  The letter count aspect of it, is meant to be subtle.

Experimental Poetry Form: moving rhyme

This experimental poetry form is called moving rhyme.  The form consists of five lines, each with five words.  The last word of the first line, rhymes with the fourth word of the second line, the third word of the third line, the second word of the fourth line and the first word of the fifth line.  The structure looks like this:

* * * * R
* * * R *
* * R * *
* R * * *
R * * * *

Here is an example poem written in the form:

You want to have gold?
That’s such a bold thing.
Were you told you would,
soon hold all that value?
Sold a lie you were.

Experimental Poetry Form: coins

Today’s experimental poetry form is called coins.  In the United States, there are pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins (there may be others as well).  This lends itself to a poetry form with the numbers: 1 (penny), 5 (nickel), 10 (dime), 25 (quarter), 50 (half dollar) and 100 (dollar).

The poetry form consists of five stanzas.  The first stanza has just one syllable, the second five, the third ten, the fourth twenty five, the fifth fifty and the sixth one hundred.  The number of lines, in all but the first stanza, as well as other structural elements, such as indentations, are variable.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

You,

stand up,
and hear now,

the words that will be spoken,
by the twelve.

The thoughts they form,
from all the images,
will from now,
and for all who speak,
and hear,
be the truth that is.

Though not being,
not seeing,
not hearing,
not knowing,
the mark is made,
as words are said,
and into iron,
it is seared,
and into stone,
it is carved,
and all who see,
and all who hear,
will know the truth,
that is.

Yet what is this,
that they all speak,
that all affirm,
to now be truth?
It is half of life,
and half of sense,
and half of anything,
that is.
It is a cloud,
that stands,
with might,
and form,
and shape,
and with a yell,
says it is of stone,
and yet its strength,
is just a myth.
For the words that are said,
the truth that is chiseled,
are only words,
and only thoughts,
and are not stone,
and are not steel.
Yet all stand,
and hear words,
that are now truth.

Experimental Poetry Form: firefly

Today’s experimental poetry form is called firefly.  It has the following characteristics:

It is one line long.

The line consists of seven words (there are seven letters in firefly).

Each word is two syllables long (although there are probably different thoughts on this, firefly could be considered a two syllable word).

The poem is an acrostic for firefly.

 

Here is an example poem:

Fighting intense regrets, empties flowing letters yearly.

Experimental Poetry Form: a couplet with various qualities

Today’s experimental poetry form is a couplet with various qualities.  It has the following qualities:

  • There are two lines (as is obvious from the fact that it is a couplet).
  •  

  • Each line has seven words.
  •  

  • The first words of the lines rhyme.
  •  

  • The middle words (words four) of each line are homographs.
  •  

  • The last words of each line are synonyms.

Here is what the structure looks like:

RHYME word2A word3A HOMOGRAPH word5A word6A SYNONYM
RHYME word2B word3B HOMOGRAPH word5B word6B SYNONYM

Experimental Poetry Form: third word is the first word

Today’s experimental poetry form is called third word is the first word.  The form consists of ten lines, each ten words long.  The first word of each line, for lines two through ten, is the third word of the previous line.  So the first word of line two, is the third word of line one.  The first word of line three, is the third word of line two.  This continues for the remaining lines.  Here is a poem written in the form with italics and bold to show the word pattern.

When that silver bell tolls softly in the far distance,
silver butterflies take flight as if on a soft breeze.
Take care though, of the bright silver shine and sound.
Though appearing as though a charm, it is a curse.
As silver in the light and on the breeze shines,
in the glow dark bats hide and let out shrieks.
Glow and resonance hides the truth of coming devouring death.
Resonance is a shield of deception for all that follows.
A warning given, is to beware the sound and shine.
Given the truth, shield your eyes and ears now quickly.

Experimental Poetry Form: cutting a deck of cards

This experimental poetry form is based off of the idea of cutting a deck of cards.  The base of the poem is five lines long.  Each line is different.  The base could be represented as:

A
B
C
D
E

After the base is written, the first two lines are moved as a set to the end of the poem and the poem is written out again.  It could be represented as:

C
D
E
A
B

This movement of lines is then repeated and the poem is written again as:

E
A
B
C
D

The movement is then repeated one last time as:

B
C
D
E
A

 

All of the pieces should be written as one poem, with each piece serving as a stanza, such as:

A
B
C
D
E

C
D
E
A
B

E
A
B
C
D

B
C
D
E
A

 

The main difficulty in the poem is finding lines that make sense in all the rearranged orders.  To help with that, punctuation, capitalization and indention can change from stanza to stanza.

Rearranging the lines as shown is not the same as mixing the lines up.  All that is happening in each set is that some part of poem is moved from the beginning to the end.  In each of the sets, there is one movement that would put the poem back in order.  For example, in the set EABCD, if the E line was moved to the end, the poem would be back in order.  This idea is part of the poetry form.  The idea is to examine moving lines instead of mixing up lines.

The main idea of the poetry form is to see how the expression changes when the lines are rearranged.  The tone of the poem can change depending on line order, and this change is part of the idea.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

The heat beat down,
upon the worn shape,
as images of collapsing filled the mind,
cars drove by,
and one took pity.

As images of collapsing filled the mind,
cars drove by,
and one took pity –
  the heat beat down,
  upon the worn shape.

And one took pity –
  the heat beat down,
  upon the worn shape,
  as images of collapsing filled the mind,
  cars drove by.

Upon the worn shape,
  as images of collapsing filled the mind,
  cars drove by,
  and one took pity,
the heat beat down.

Experimental Poetry Form: three rectangles

This experimental poetry form is about the visual appearance on the page.  It is called three rectangles.  The poem consists of three rectangles of words: one rectangle, with another rectangle inside, with another rectangle inside of that.  The poem is meant to be read starting at the top left corner of the first rectangle and going around it, and then starting at the top left corner of the second rectangle and going around it, and then starting at the top left corner of the third rectangle and going around it.  The letters in the words follow the direction noted above.  Also words do not carry over from one rectangle to another (such that there is the start of a word in one rectangle and the end in the next).

The main difficulty in the form is getting things laid out.  Although there are different ways of doing this, it might depend on the software being used. Of course, it could also be done on a piece of paper by hand.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

It’s strange to write a poem that mov
                                                                 e
                                                                 s
s         rolling down a hill.  It take
k               It just goes aroun       s        a
c                                            d                n
o              .                                     s        d
r         .    g                            a      o
          s   n                            n      m        t
e        w   o                          d       e        w
k        o    l                                               i
i         l    a                            a      t          s
l         f      seog tsuj tI .dnuor    i          t
,                                                   m         s
e        ti yaw eht dnatsrednu ot e
l                                                               a
m                                                            n
uj a evah ot smees tI  .nur ot smees d

 

Here is the same poem written as a paragraph:

It’s strange to write a poem that moves and twists and seems to run.  It seems to have a jumble, like rocks rolling down a hill.  It takes some time to understand the way it flows.  It just goes around and around.  It just goes along.