Artwork to inspire poetry: hand with tomato

hand with tomato

Above is an artwork of a hand with a tomato.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

after the tenth joke failed,
the comic examined,
a gift from the audience

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Artwork to inspire poetry: tomato

tomato

Above is an artwork of a tomato.  It is based off of the tomato in the May 23, 2018 blog post.  This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

reaching out
they grabbed the stone fruit
and were unfulfilled

Experimental Poetry Form: Lines with internal rhymes

In some poetry forms there are rhymes that end certain lines.  For example, consider the following poetry form:

Stanzas: 3

Lines per stanza: 3

Syllables per line: 4

Rhyming pattern: aab ccd eef

As an example of a poem using this form, consider the following poem about a windowsill garden:

Pea plants grow tall
and do not fall
when supported

Tomato plants
have no red ants
when grown inside

Bell pepper seeds
do not see weeds
when behind glass

In this poetry form, the rhymes are noticeable.

As an experimental poetry form, the form above can be transformed into a form that has lines with internal rhymes.  In this example, it would be written:

Pea plants grow tall and do not fall when supported
Tomato plants have no red ants when grown inside
Bell pepper seeds do not see weeds when behind glass

The form for this experimental poetry form is:

Stanzas: 1

Lines per stanza: 3

Syllables per line: 12

Rhyming pattern of each line: 4th and 8th syllables rhyme (note: fourth and eighth syllables are ending syllables of words)

A technique for using this experimental poetry from would be to do what was done here: write the poem using the three stanza form described first and then transform it into the experimental form.  This would help in the process as it could make it easier to ensure that the fourth and eighth syllables end words.

This experimental form can be used in a situation when a poet wants a poem to have rhymes included, but does not want the rhymes emphasized.  Assuming a reader only saw a poem of this form in the experimental form with one stanza, and did not see it in the pre-form that had three stanzas, it is possible the reader may not emphasize the rhymes in the poem.  The rhymes might have an influence on how the poem is read and how it sounds, but they might not be the focus.

Using this form, a poet has an opportunity to make rhyming a more subtle feature of a poem.

Please feel free to utilize this experimental poetry form.