Tricubes: Poetic Forms

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Two poetic forms in the same month! It’s been a while since we've done that. Though with today's form, it's a shame we aren't doing three.

Unlike interlocking rubaiyat, the tricube is a newer form and relatively unknown. Plus, it's fun and easy to learn. This mathematical poem was introduced by Phillip Larrea.

Here are the rules of tricubes:

  • Each line contains three syllables.
  • Each stanza contains three lines.
  • Each poem contains three stanzas.

So we're talking cubes in mathematical terms (to the third power). No rules for rhymes, meter, etc. Just three, three, and three.

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Here’s my attempt at a tricube:

resist

i avoid
dead end streets
like the plague

because i
don't enjoy
backtracking

but the plague
is a street
with no end

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

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