Poetic Forms

Haibun Poems: Poetic Form

The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku. The form was popularized by the 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Both the prose poem and haiku typically communicate with each other, though poets employ different strategies for this communication—some doing so subtly, while others are more...

Nonet Poems: Poetic Form

Never heard of nonet poems? That’s all right. I’d never heard of them before trying to hunt down a new poetic form to cover earlier this week. Nonet Poems: The Rules The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in...

Luc Bat Poems: Poetic Form

The luc bat is a Vietnamese poetic form that means “six-eight.” In fact, the poem consists of alternating lines of six and eight syllables. This poem is interesting in its rhyme scheme that renews at the end of every eight-syllable line and rhymes on the sixth syllable of both lines. Here’s...

Types of Poetry Forms: Quatern

Today, I tried my hand at a new (to me) French poetic form that incorporates a refrain like in the villanelle and eight-syllable lines like in the kyrielle. Since I’m a big fan of refrains, I think this poetic form rocks. Quatern Poetic Form Rules This poem has 16 lines broken...

Poetic Forms: Rispetto

Okay, here’s a new form. Actually, scratch that. This is a very old form (from Italy, no less). Still, new to me anyway. I found more than a few definitions, but here are the two most common variations: Rispetto #1: Poem comprised of two quatrains written in iambic (unstress, stress) tetrameter...

Poetic Forms: Prose Poetry

Of all the poetic forms, prose poetry may be the most controversial. After all, free verse and most experimental poetry still contain line breaks. But prose poems often look like a short short story or a long (even if poetic) paragraph. (One of my favorite prose poets, Nin Andrews, wrote a...

Poetic Form: Qasida (Guest Post by Ren Powell)

Please welcome Ren Powell, whose most recent book is Mercy Island, New and Selected Poems–available through Phoenicia Publishing or Amazon. She is an associate editor with Poemeleon and blogs at http://tribeofmadorphans.com. In the following post, she introduces us to the poetic form called qasida.   ***** While I was putting together...

Poetic Form: Sonnet

I have to admit surprise (and embarrassment) that I somehow have neglected this poetic form over the years. Maybe it’s because they’re so familiar that I overlook sonnets. Maybe it’s because my brain is still trying to block out all those Shakespeare courses I took back in college. Whatever the reason...

2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 23

Wow! We’re only a week away from completing another November PAD Chapbook Challenge. Of course, for many, this is likely to be the busiest week of the month. But I’m sure everyone can push through and hit the finish line. Let’s do it! For today’s “Two for Tuesday” prompt, write one...

Poetic Form: Palindrome poetry (or mirror poem)

Just when I thought I’d run into one of the crazier poetic forms in the paradelle (click to read Poetic Form: Paradelle), I tried my hand at the palindrome poem, which I think is much more difficult. The rules are simple enough: You must use the same words in the first...

Interview With Poet Erika Meitner

Earlier this year, Harper Perennial released Erika Meitner’s Ideal Cities, which has already received praise from poets such as Paul Guest, Nikki Giovanni and Denise Duhamel. And you can go ahead and throw me on the bandwagon too, because I really enjoyed the way Ideal Cities dealt with both location and...

Poetic Form: Paradelle

Well, well. Who’s tried writing a paradelle? It’s a poetic form that Billy Collins originally introduced as “one of the more demanding French forms,” though eventually Collins fessed up that he created it as a joke. Collins was not kidding about the demanding rules of the paradelle. Here they are: The...

2011 Poetic Form Challenge!

I’ve been carrying around this idea in my back pocket since I started this blog with Nancy Breen. The only thing holding me back is how to best accomplish. Now that we’ve weathered a quite a few writing challenges, including form-based writing challenged, I think the time is right for this...

Poetic Form: The Bop

Since it’s always good to challenge ourselves to do new things, I’m going to try two in this blog post. First, I’m going to try and incorporate images. Second, I’ll try my hand at The Bop. The Bop is a poetic form that was developed by poet Afaa Michael Weaver (pic...

Poetic Form: The Blitz Poem

A few poets have asked me over the past year to write up something about the blitz poem, which I’d never tried or even heard of before. So I did a little research, and it actually looks pretty fun. It was created by Robert Keim and is a 50-line poem of...

Poetic Form: Monotetra

The monotetra is a poetic form developed by Michael Walker. Here are the basic rules: Comprised of quatrains (four-line stanzas) in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of 8 syllables per line Each quatrain consists of mono-rhymed lines (so each line in the first stanza has the same type of...

Interview With Poet Kristina Marie Darling

I’m very pleased to share Kristina Marie Darling with the Poetic Asides community. Darling is a graduate of Washington University and has published several chapbooks, including Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press) and The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press), before her 2010 full-length collection Night Songs was released by Gold Wake...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Lune

For the 3rd Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge, I’m seeking lunes. I’ll accept both Kelly and Collom lunes. Click here to learn more about the lune form. As in previous challenges, the winner will be featured in a future issue of Writer’s Digest (the November/December issue to be precise). The lune...

Poetic Form: Cascade Poem

Since I was having trouble coming up with a poem today, I thought I’d investigate a new poetic form to help prompt me into action. I’ve seen the cascade poem mentioned a few times online, but I always assumed it meant the poem was comprised of stanzas with indented lines (creating...

Poetic Form: Lune

The lune is also known as the American Haiku. It was first created by the poet Robert Kelly (truly a great poet) and was a result of Kelly’s frustration with English haiku. After much experimentation, he settled on a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal

Okay, everyone, it’s time for our second WD Poetic Form Challenge. This time around, I’m seeking a ghazal (click here to learn more about this form). As with the previous challenge, the winning poet will be featured in the Poetic Asides column in a future issue of Writer’s Digest, including at...

The Importance of Form

I just updated the poetic forms list on this blog (click here to check out 29 different poetic forms). I feel that attempting poetic forms is an essential step on the path to becoming a good poet. This doesn’t mean that I think poets have to write in forms to be...

April PAD Challenge: Day 28

Apparently, Day 27’s comments were wiped clean sometime last night. Please re-paste your poem in the comments for Day 27. (Click here to go to Day 27’s prompt.) I apologize for the inconvenience, but luckily, we’re only a few days from the finish line. ***** After today, we’ll have made it...

Poetic Forms: Villanelle

(Okay, I’m going to try posting this again. Apparently, this blog is anti-villanelle.) So, the French form I had not covered yet was not the rondeau, but the villanelle. Oh well. We got a nice rondeau refresher earlier this week. (Check it out here.) The villanelle, like the other French forms,...

Poetic Forms: Rondeau

Since I love French forms, it came as a surprise to me that I haven’t covered the rondeau on this blog, yet. As with other French forms, there is an element of rhyming and repetition in the rondeau. In fact, the rondeau is related to the triolet–one of my favorites. The...