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.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Shelter


The above artwork is of a shelter.  The representation consists of two posts with a crossbeam that is tied with grass.  On the crossbeam, wood is laid.  On top of the wood are large leaves.  On top of the leaves are more wood.  It represents a shelter a person might make if they were lost in the woods.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet might write about, for example, the situation that led to a person having to make such a shelter.

Here is an example poem using the artwork:

all the time
he kept wondering
if civilization
were just over
the next hill

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Poetry topic idea: lost

Today’s poetry topic idea is lost.  Lost is an interesting idea, because it has a wide range of scopes.  Some ideas for lost include:

  • A child lost in a store
  • A person lost while driving
  • A person lost in a vast place, like the ocean
  • A person feeling lost
  • Something (either tangible or intangible) being lost

Here’s an example of a tanka written using the idea lost:

Alright, that word there,
it starts with what looks like s,
maybe that means south?

  Standing by the tall road sign,
  missing the translation book.


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Experimental Poetry Form: Five sets of two

This experimental poetry form is called five sets of two.  It has five sets of two lines each.  Each set of lines has the same qualities.  Although the lines in each set are part of a set, no sets have lines that are adjacent to each other.  There is only one stanza, not five sets of couplets.  The similarity of the lines, but the fact that they are mixed up in one stanza, is part of the experiment of the form.

Below is the order of the lines.  Each pair of the same letters is a set.


Here are the qualities of each set:

A – Six syllables, iambic meter, rhyme, no indention

B – These lines are the same and are indented two spaces, no other requirements

C – Eight syllables, no meter, no rhyme, indented three spaces

D – Ten syllables, iambic meter, no rhyme, no indention

E – Eight syllables, rhyme, no meter, indented two spaces


Here is an example poem written in the form:


Alone at night beneath,                           
   an enclosed roof of dark tree tops,
surrounded by uncertainty that’s like,
  a fog that shrouds,                                      
  as the mind willfully denies,
the thoughts of what it knows does hide within,
  a fog that shrouds,
a fear that has sharp teeth,                                                           
   and there in the cave of dark trees,
  huddled, a form wears a disguise.