Experimental Poetry Form: Indention and word counts

This experimental poetry form is based off of indentions and word counts.  The form has three lines.  The first line is indented zero spaces, the second line is indented two spaces and the third line is indented fifty spaces.  The first line has one word, the second two, and the third three.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

  wind blows,
                                                  over gray tombstones

Indentions in a poetry form can create a pause, separate ideas, and create emphasis.  When this is paired with word counts, it can create a certain effect.

In the poem above, the first line, being just one word, simply states an idea.  The poem has something to do with outside.  There is no connotation that is either positive or negative.

The next line is indented two spaces.  This helps create an effect in the poem above that this line is somehow about the first.  At this stage, the reader of the poem knows about wind blowing outside, yet, again there is no positive or negative connotation.  The limitation of two words, means that the idea has to be simply stated.

The last line is indented fifty spaces.  It is set apart from the first two lines.  This setting apart gives an effect.  It is almost like hearing something, turning a corner, and seeing what it is.  There is a small element of surprise.  This line ends the poem with a negative connotation.  Having three words means that that idea can be expressed somewhat more.

Using the form describe, and changing the last line, the effect of the poem could also have been positive.  For example, the poem could have been:

  wind blows,
                                                  butterfly shaped kites

The last line being changed alters the effect of the poem, although the form and the first two lines are the same.

This experimental poetry form combining indentions and word counts can be used to express many ideas.  The form is simple, so that the ideas can be more focused on.

Poem series: Weather: Number Five

The wind blows,
and leaves shake,
and the rain beats against the window.
It’s dark,
but daytime.
The power may go out.
The ground fills with water.
Trees move in the wind –
they may fall down.
Branches fall.
The wind makes a rush of sound.
The rain blows across instead of falling down.
This lasts for hours,
not minutes,
like in other times.
It does not have a slow rise,
then a peak,
then a fall.
The rise is quick,
things are dark quickly,
and the peak keeps going.
The windows may break.
The door of the porch,
opens and shuts.