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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

Invented Forms


The Mini-monoverse is a verse form with very short lines. Created by Emily Romano, this invented form can be found at several sites on the internet including Shadow Poetry and Poetic Constellations.


The Mini-monoverse is:

  • a decastich made up of 2 cinquains. A Double Min-monoverse is simply writing 4 cinquains.
  • syllabic, 3 syllables each line.
  • rhymed, each stanza is monorhymed. Rhyme scheme aaaaa bbbbb. If writing a Double Mini-monverse the rhyme scheme aaaaa bbbbb. A Double Mini-monoverse is aaaaa bbbbb ccccc ddddd.
  • recommended as a narrative which I thought odd since longer lines usually are best for narratives. Once I tried the form my concerns were confirmed.


    Trite by Judi Van Gorder

    In the night

    sit to write,

    black on white

    a poem, Light

    Verse, not quite.


    In Rangoon,

    leggy lune

    trills a tune

    at the moon,

    word cartoon.

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