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Shadorma: A highly addictive poetic form from Spain

Categories: Poetic Forms, Poets.

I recently discovered a poetic form called shadorma (thanks to P.J. Nights via Tammy Trendle) that I had no record of in my two poetic form handbooks [kind of like my recent posting about hay(na)ku]. Shadorma is a Spanish 6-line syllabic poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable lines respectively. Simple as that.

Also, you can link multiple shadorma (shadormas? shadormae?) like in my example below:

“Miss Shadorma”

She throws birds
at the school children
on playgrounds
made of steel
who run intense spirals to
the chain-link fencing.

Sad teachers
watch as they spiral
into air
like reverse
helicopter seeds searching
for their maple trees.

I’ve found myself addicted to writing in this shadorma form. It’s simple and has a nice ebb and flow to the lines. Very fun!


Check out other Poetic Forms here.


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About Robert Lee Brewer

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3 Responses to Shadorma: A highly addictive poetic form from Spain


    Sounds like a
    warrior princess
    on the side
    of good poems.
    Soldiers, peasants, conquered foes
    listen as she reads.

    Their faces
    long shuttered
    open like windows
    as each poem
    echoes off her pink armor.
    Another war, won.

  2. Amy Barlow Liberatore says:


    I was terrible at math in high school, but I’ll try anything! (My years in L.A. during the late 70s will prove it, hee hee)

    Thanks for continuing to stretch my boundaries and for your advice, especially as concerns approaching prospective editors and cover letters, such as referencing poets who have been published in the magazine or on the site.

    Peace, Amu

  3. Rachel says:

    really enjoying the info on this site. and the poetry, forms etc. Thanks so much.

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