Experimental Poetry Form: Twenty one word lines

Today’s experimental poetry form is called twenty one word lines.  It consists of twenty lines, each with one word.  The idea of the form was inspired by the poem in the post from March 8, 2019.  That poem was a train of thought poem that had nineteen lines, with most being one word.

Although the form could be used to create a train of thought poem (where one idea leads to the next like with word association), it could also be used to write out a sentence or something else.

Here is an example poem that is a train of thought poem:

hunger
food
fruit
stand
roadside
cars
dirt
clean
water
soap
bars
prison
concrete
driveway
mailbox
letter
open
close
business
hours

Some train of thought poems, like the one above, just lead off.  They have no circularity.  Some train of thought poems, like the one from the March 8th post, do have a circularity.  There are other effects as well.

Here is another example poem.  This one is one sentence broken up:

Having
no
shower,
he
did
his
best,
and
washed
his
face,
arms,
and
hands
in
the
convenience
store
bathroom
sink.

A photograph to inspire poetry: lemon flower

lemon flower

Above is a photograph of a lemon flower.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The future. This flower in the future may become a lemon.  A poet could write about what something or someone might become in the future.
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  • Potential. This flower has the potential to become a lemon.  A poet could write about a person or a thing that has potential.
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  • Aroma. This flower has a sweet aroma.  A poet could write about scent and aroma.  They could apply the idea to flowers, perfume, food, and other things.
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  • Temporariness. This flower is temporary. At some point the blossom will fade.  A poet could apply this idea to many situations.
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  • Lemonade. This flower may turn into a lemon.  That lemon may be turned into lemonade.  A poet could write about this literally, metaphorically, or they could work with the expression about life giving a person lemons and that person making lemonade.  They could apply the idea to making the best of a situation.

Here is an example poem:

lemon
yellow
crayon
drawing
sunset
orange color
orange fruit
juice
breakfast
pancakes
syrup
maple trees
forests
leaves
green
grass
sunshine
yellow
lemon

A milestone: 200th post.

Today’s post is the 200th post to M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

The first post was posted on April 24, 2014, the fiftieth post was posted on July 11, 2014, and the one hundredth post was posted on September 19th, 2014.

On the blog so far, there have been twenty four individual poems (poems that weren’t part of some other type of post), nineteen poems as part of poem series, twenty four poems with explanations, twenty four artworks to inspire poetry, twenty four poetry topic ideas, twenty three experimental poetry forms, and twenty three photographs to inspire poetry.  There have also been poems that were part of other posts and a few other kinds of posts as well.

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To commemorate this milestone, here is a modified circular train of thought poem starting with milestone:

Milestone

Milestone.

A mile of stones?

Granite stones?

Black granite, or granite with those little speckles like confetti?

Confetti, like the kind thrown from windows for parades.

Parades with people in cars waving.

Waves, that come on shore.

Where there is sand that’s light brown in color.

Light brown like peanut butter on bread.

Bread in slices with the crust, and the white part in the middle with the air holes.

That seem to resemble a honey comb.

Where bees make honey.

That’s golden and amber in color.

Like amber that comes from trees.

That grow on mountains.

That have granite stones.

That go for a mile

A mile of stones?

Milestone.