Experimental Poetry Form: pear

Today’s experimental poetry form is called pear.  It based off of layout on the page.  The form is centered on the page to make the design easier.  It generally looks as follows:

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

 

The general idea is to have a poem in the shape of a pear.

Here is an example poem:

up
in
an
oak
tree
pears
were        there.
No            one
knew              why
or                    how
they                        got
there                              but
there                                 they
were.                                      It
seemed                                               odd
but                                                     they
were                                                        good
and                                                               so
no                                                                    one
gave                                                                      it
much                                                           thought.
Then                                                                       one
day                                                                       the
last                                                                      pear
was                                                                    picked
and                                                                 none
grew                                                            to
take                                                     its
place.                                           For
years                                     acorns
were       hopefully       planted.

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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.

Poetry essay: Layout on the page

One poetry form element is layout on the page.  It relates to how the poem is presented visually on the page or screen.

Layout on the page can involve a number of elements and can be simple or complex.  Layout can have a pattern and it can be in shapes.

When looking at layout on the page, there are a number of elements you could use.  Some include:

  • Spacing between lines
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  • Spacing between stanzas
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  • Spacing between words in lines
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  • Spacing between letters in words
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  • Indentions of lines
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  • Position on the page
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  • Alignment on the page
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  • Justification of text
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  • Length of words
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  • Length of lines
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  • Length of stanzas
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  • Number of stanzas
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  • Font size
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  • Direction of reading
  •  

  • Curvature of lines

With these elements and others you could create different patterns, effects, and designs.

Layout on the page can have a number of purposes.

Sometimes layout simply looks nice.  A poem might be presented in a square or diamond pattern for presentation.

Layout can also be used to create shapes.  The idea would generally be to have the shape somehow relate to the topic of the poem.

Layout can be used to create pauses.  This can be done by indenting words or lines.  The idea is to have an effect.

Layout can be used to emphasize something.  An example of this might be a word set apart by itself so it stands out.

Layout can be used for different effects.  Think of a poem where the lines get progressively shorter.  The idea would be to lead the reader to something.

Layout can also be used for feel in a poem.  This might be done in a free verse poem where different spacing between lines and stanzas, as well as line indentions are used for an effect.

Layout might be used to conform to the presentation surface.  An example might be a poem written on an object or on a shaped piece of paper.

There are other ides as well.

If you’d like to see examples of poetry forms that use layout, here are some from this blog: experimental poetry forms that use layout.

As an exercise you should try to use some poetry forms that use layout and experiment with making your own.

Experimental Poetry Form: minimalistic flower

Today’s experimental poetry form is called minimalistic flower.  It based off of layout on the page.  It is based off of the artwork in the blog post Artwork to inspire poetry: Minimalistic Flower.  Here is what it looks like:

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

 

The idea of the form is simple.  Each * is a letter.  After that the poet can work with the form however they want.  Here is an example poem written using the form:

 

                           Looking
                       every       sunrise
                     w     i      t      h 
                     b     e   l i e     f
                   h    o            p     e 
                    n    e            e   d
                           a           n d
                              j        o y
                                        a
                                     d a  w n
                                        m o t i      v a     t e s
                                              f   a i      t h 
                                                i n    
                                                 l
                                                  i
                                                  f  
                                                  e 

 

Here on the blog it was a bit difficult to get the spacing just right and to have the top form with the *s match the bottom form with the letters. It is easier in a word processing program where things aren’t distorted and the *s can be cut and paste and then easily replaced with letters.
 

P. S. There will be no new blog post on the blog tomorrow Friday April 26, 2019. The next new blog post will be on Monday April 29, 2019.

Experimental Poetry Form: small plane

Today’s experimental poetry form is called small plane.  It based off of layout on the page.  It is meant to generally resemble a small plane from the top.  It looks as follows:

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

A poem written in the form is read from top to bottom and from left to right.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

                        Some
    day              when
 words of action mean
 more than high ideas
 those in robes will go
    and              find
                        work

Experimental Poetry Form: letter

Today’s experimental poetry form is called letter.  It based off of layout on the page.  The form is arranged like the elements on the front of a letter.

On the front of a letter there are three elements: the return address, the sending address, and the stamp.  They are laid out as follows:

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

 

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

 

 

The return address is in the upper left corner, the sending address is in the center, and the stamp is in the upper right corner.

The return address and sending address elements both have three lines corresponding to: name, street address, and city and state.  The stamp element has three lines because of its size.

From the point of view of the person receiving the letter, the sending address is read first, the return address is read second, and the stamp is noticed third.

For the poetry form, there are three stanzas, each with three lines.  Each line has five syllables.  The first stanza is in the center, the second stanza is in the upper left, and the third stanza is in the upper right.

Here is an example poem illustrating the form.  Remember, the center stanza is read first, the upper left stanza second, and the upper right stanza third.

Alone in the house                                                         In a field of stones
everything feels still                                                       emptiness gathers
and time moves so slow.                                               to speak silently.

 

                                                  You’ve been gone so long
                                                  you’re now an image
                                                  a thought in the mind.

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: a cup of T

Today’s experimental poetry form is called a cup of T.  It is based on a play on words of the expression “a cup of tea”.  The form is based off of layout on the page and word count.

The form has five words.  They are laid out as such:

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

As can be seen, it looks like the letter “T” inside of something.  This is the idea of a cup of T.

In using the form, the five words can be separate words, or there can be a flow between them.

Here is an example poem using the form:

 

Y           Famous        N
o                 S              e
u                 o              v
’                  n              e
v                 g              r
e
              Heard

Experimental Poetry Form: C

This experimental poetry form is called C.  It is based on layout on the page and syllable count.

The form has three lines, two that are horizontal and one that is vertical.  These lines make the C shape.  Each line has ten syllables.  The letters at the corners work for both lines they are in.

Below is what the form looks like with *’s representing the syllables.  The corner letters are marked with ^’s.

^**********
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
^**********

Here is an example poem using the form:

Have you ever seen a kangaroo hop?
o
p
p
i
n
g

a
r
o
u
n
d

l
i
k
e

y
o
u

n
e
v
e
r

c
o
u
l
d

d
of course, it may wonder just how you walk.
.

Experimental Poetry Form: long, short, long

This experimental poetry from is called long, short, long.  It is based off of syllable count and layout on the page.

The form has three lines.  The first line has twenty syllables, the second line has four syllables, and the third line has twenty syllables.  The form is centered on the page.

Below is what the form looks like with *’s representing syllables.

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

****

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

Here is an example poem using the form:

Standing next to someone as they tell a lie to someone else with sincerity.

They speak to you.

Listening to sincerity, your mind opens, and realization walks inside.