Experimental Poetry Form: pennies, nickels, and a dime

Today’s experimental poetry form is called pennies, nickels, and a dime.

Five pennies are equivalent to one nickel and two nickels are equivalent to one dime.  This idea is the basis of the form.

The form has four stanzas.

The first stanza is the penny stanza.  It has five lines.  Each line has one syllable.

The second stanza is the nickel stanza.  It has one line.  That one line has five syllables.

The third stanza is the two nickel stanza.  It has two lines.  Each line has five syllables.

The fourth stanza is the dime stanza.  It has one line.  That one line has ten syllables.

The idea is that the stanzas are related the same way the coins are related.

Here is an example poem:

Some
nights
it’s
so
still.

Sitting by the bed,

in the hospital,
watching the lights glow.

They might look pretty but for the reason.

Advertisements

Experimental Poetry Form: two words

Today’s experimental poetry form is called two words.  The idea is simple: a poem of two words.

While two words may not seem sufficient to write a poem and get a message across, if done with broadness or with context, it can be.  Here are 10 examples of two word poems:

Go away.

She died.

Open up.

Never stop.

Telling lies.

Falling tears.

Empty inside.

Quiet room.

Uncontrollable shaking.

Hidden wallflower.

 

While each poem is short, if perceived broadly, or given context, they can relate a message.

For example, consider the poem Quiet room.

If taken broadly, this could mean a number of things.  It might mean a peaceful setting.  It might mean a room where everyone has left.  It might mean a room where someone is detained.  It might mean a room after someone has died.  It could mean these or other things.  If a reader perceives the poem broadly, they could get a number of messages from it, which can add depth to the poem.

Similarly, if the poem was given context, for example with a title, or by being worked into a story or with other poems, that context could signify the meaning and give the two word poem impact.  For example, if the poem Quiet room, was worked into a broader context of loneliness, the message of the poem would come through.

P. S. If you like M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, follow the blog today.

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: V

Today’s experimental poetry form is called V.  It is based on layout on the page.  The form consists of twenty one words in the shape of a V.  It looks as follows:

 

*                                       *

  *                                   *

    *                               *

      *                           *

        *                       *

          *                   *

            *               *

              *           *

                *       *

                  *   *

                    *

The form is read by going down the left side and then up the right side.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

 

Cooking                                 it.

  food                                   taste

    for                                 never

      others,                      will

        smelling                you

          the                    knowing

            aroma,          plate,

              and           a

                as         on

                  you   it

                    put

Experimental Poetry Form: trochaic meter and rhyme

Today’s experimental poetry form consists of trochaic meter and rhyme.  The form has two stanzas.  Each stanza has four lines.  Each line has four trochaic feet.  In each stanzas, the even lines rhyme.  With each trochaic foot marked with *s and the rhyming lines noted with r’s, the form looks as follows:

****
****r1
****
****r1

****
****r2
****
****r2

Experimental Poetry Form: mirror

Today’s experimental poetry form is called mirror.  The poem has two stanzas, one on the left and one on the right.  Each stanza has three lines.  Each line has five words.  Each line in the right stanza, has the same words as the corresponding line in the left stanza, except the words are in the reverse order.  If each word is represented by a letter, here is what the form looks like:

A B C D E                                                            E D C B A
F G H I J                                                               J I H G F
K L M N O                                                          O N M L K

The trick to the form, is finding lines that make sense both forwards and backwards, and also make sense in stanzas.  It can help that poetry doesn’t always have to follow grammar rules.

Here is an example poem using the form:

Wilbur left Susan crying softly,                             Softly crying Susan left Wilbur,
rain and darkness surrounding all,                     all surrounding darkness and rain,
emptiness and sorrow covering quietly.            quietly covering sorrow and emptiness.

Experimental Poetry Form: anapestic meter with rhyme

Today’s experimental poetry form uses anapestic meter.  In each foot of this meter there are two short syllables followed by a long one.  It is the meter you might hear in a limerick.

In the form, there is one stanza with eight lines.  Each line has two anapestic feet.  In the form, lines two and four rhyme, and lines six and eight rhyme.  With the unstressed syllables noted with an -, the stress syllables noted with an *, and the rhyming lines noted with R and a number, the form looks as follows:

– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 1
– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 1
– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 2
– – * – – *
– – * – – * R 2

Here is an example poem using the form:

The small dog did have wings,
and it flew in the sky.
And the birds they did watch,
as the dog it flew by.
Then they asked how it flew,
and the dog it did say,
that it flew with its wings,
that it flew just like they.

 

As a note, there will be new blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things November 22, 2018 – November 25, 2018.  The next new post will be on November 26, 2018.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Experimental Poetry Form: two, three, four

This experimental poetry form is called two, three, four.  It is based off of the number of letters in words.

The form has one stanza with three lines.  Each line has three words.  The first word in each line has two letters, the second word in each line has three letters, and the third word in each line has four letters.  Here is what the form looks like with *’s representing letters:

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

Here is an example poem:

As fog came,
so did fear,
to the mind.

Experimental Poetry Form: homophones, homographs, and synonyms

Today’s experimental poetry form is called homophones, homographs, and synonyms.  Homophones are words that sound the same.  Homographs are words that look the same.  Synonyms are words that mean the same thing.

The form consists of three couplets.  The couplets combine the use of homophones, homographs, and or synonyms in pairs.  These words appear at the beginning and ends of the couplets.  Other than these restrictions, the couplets can be written as a poet wishes.  Here are how the couplets are laid out:

Homophone 1 … Homograph 1
Homophone 1 … Homograph 1

Homograph 2 … Synonym 1
Homograph 2 … Synonym 1

Synonym 2 … Homophone 2
Synonym 2 … Homophone 2

In the form the number sets go together.  So homophone one indicates two words that sound the same.  Homograph one indicates two words spelled the same.  Synonym one indicates two words that mean the same thing.  This idea applies to all the pairs.

Below is an example poem illustrating the form.  As can be seen, it can be difficult to have a poem written in this form make sense.  It can be useful for imagery though.

“Red clouds were drawn with the pen”,
read the man within the pen.

Bats did swing and balls did fly.
Bats did fly and quickly did soar.

Imaginary clouds made of lead,
pretend bats are never led.

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.

                                                        AAA

                            HHH                                                  BBB

 

                   GGG                                                                     CCC

 

                            FFF                                                    DDD

                                                        EEE