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:


                       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
                                     d a  w n
                                        m o t i      v a     t e s
                                              f   a i      t h 
                                                i n    


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.

Poetry topic idea: morning

Today’s poetry topic idea is morning.  A poet using morning in a poem could write about:

  • The start of the day. They could write about the sun rising, the way light looks, birds starting to sing and so forth.  They could write about the start of the day in different settings such as in a large city or in a suburb.  They could focus on the start of the day in an external sense (what happens around a person), or in an internal sense (what a person does).

  • The end of night. Rather than focusing on the start of something, a poet could write about the end of something.  They could write about darkness ending.  They could write about cold ending.  They could apply the idea symbolically to many situations.

  • Morning and mourning. Morning and mourning are homophones.  The two words sound the same.  They mean different things.  Morning is the start of the day, whereas mourning is feeling sadness at something, such as the death of a person.
    A poet could take the two ideas and combine them together in a poem.  They could use the sound quality of the words to poetic effect and to get different ideas across.

  • The mornings of people in unique situations. A poet could look at, for example, the mornings of people in prisons, hospitals, outer space, in remote locations, in blackouts, and so forth.  They could examine the mornings of those in these situations and draw a contrast with the mornings of those in more typical situations.

  • The morning after some significant event. There are many significant events in a person’s life where the focus is on the event itself.  In these situations, people sometimes wonder, what happens next?  What happens to the person, metaphorically speaking, after the party is over, the crowd has left, and the music has stopped?  What happens to the person after the viewer leaves?
    Some situations of mornings after that could be examined include the morning after: a person gets fired, a person goes to prison, a person graduates school, a person has a baby, a person wins something, a person is diagnosed with a disease, or a person moves.  A poet could look at these situations and others and examine what happens after the big event has passed.  What happens to the person when the moment quiets and they are left to themselves?

A photograph to inspire poetry: Moon at morning

A photograph of the moon at morning

Above is a photograph of the moon at morning.  This photograph can inspire a poem in a variety of ways.  A poet could utilize a number of ideas such as:

  • The tenuous nature of the visibility of the moon at this time
  • The sense of the moon holding on
  • The relationship between the moon and the, at least visually, nearby cloud to the right
  • The idea that only part of the moon is visible
  • The paleness of the blue sky
  • A variety of metaphors represented by the above ideas

There are also many other ideas which this photograph could inspire and which could lead to a poem.

Here is an example of a poem inspired by this photograph:

a faint blue shadow

hiding in the sea

will soon disappear

Please feel free to use this photograph as inspiration for a poem.