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 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line.
Unlike haiku, there are no other rules. No need for a cutting word. Rhymes are fine; subject matter is open. While there are less syllables to use, this form has a little more freedom.
Here’s my attempt at one:
trees never wander
but still spread
across open fields
That is the Kelly Lune.
There is a variant lune created by poet Jack Collom. His form is also a self-contained tercet, but his poem is word-based (not syllable-based) and has the structure of 3 words in the first line, 5 words in the second line and 3 words in the final line.
As with Kelly’s lune, there are no other rules.
Here’s my attempt at a Collom lune:
An envelope labeled
loose change holds coins meant
for loose teeth.
Here are a few other lune resources I found online:
- Writing Lune Poetry, by Katherine Arcand
- The Lune, by Janelle Welsh
- Poetic Forms: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Lunes, by Lester Smith
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Learn about other poetic forms in John Drury’s The Poetry Dictionary. (Click to continue.)