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Nashers: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at nashers, which is a light verse form invented by Ogden Nash.

This week's poetic form is a fun one that I found hidden in my copy of The Poetry Dictionary, by John Drury. Nashers, named after Ogden Nash, are couplets (of any length) that feature comical rhymes, including wrenched rhymes. The popular wrenched rhyme example (also mentioned in Edward Hirsch's A Poet's Glossary) is from Nash's poem "Kindly Unhitch That Star, Buddy," in which he rhymes "rhinestones" with "ghrinestones."

At its core, the nasher is a light verse form. So have fun playing around with this one.

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Here’s my attempt at a nasher:

Keep Walking?, by Robert Lee Brewer

I walked alone deliberately in solitary liberty
as if no more civility could force a case of mirthity,

but then a black cat crossed my path sans any consideration
for superstitious natures or internal deliberations.

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