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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Rictameter is a popular invented verse form that has popped up on the internet in the last decade. No one seems to take credit as the source. I did find that ShadowPoetry.com does have a slightly different element, in that the first and last 2 syllable word be the same. However, at various other sites, the first 2 syllables need not be a single word and the last 2 syllables need not be the same as the first 2 syllables. The elements of the Rictameter are: a 9 line poem. syllabic verse with graduated then diminishing number of syllables 2-4-6-8-10-8-6-4-2. optional: begin and end the poem with the same 2 syllable word or words. rhymed or unrhymed, if rhymed the scheme is at the discretion of the poet. suitable for light verse or a more serious tone. Listening by Judi Van Gorder 2-1-03 Silence, a hushed haven surrounds me with its song. An anthem of stillness, clean, clear, opening me to thoughtful reflection. Serene sounds of near nothingness rouse creativity, poetic tones emerge. Memo to Hotshot Judi Van Gorder 10/18/02 crackpot, what twisted thought brings you to stalk and slay without a care or least concern for the innocents you select to burn? to hide in search of unarmed prey will surely end some day and you in turn, forgot. in response to news reports of the New Jersey Sniper
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The SciFaiku is what the name implies, science fiction haiku an invented verse form introduced by Tom Brinck in 1995. Scifaiku combines science fiction themes with some of the elements of the haiku. The elements of the Scifaiku are: minimal, in the moment with human insight. written with a haiku frame, normally, 17 syllables or less. The poem can be written in the classic 3 lines of 5-7-5 or a variation of line and syllable count. (because of the nature of the subject some technical words could exceed the standard syllable count per line, therefore, as long as minimal amount of words and syllables are used to get the point across, there could be more or less than 17 syllables in the poem. composed of a single concept or image. written with "uncluttered and direct words". written in the moment. finding the Ah-ha, light bulb realization through the understanding of the possibilities of science. poets dance with words cyber ballroom fills with song line dancing in space -judi van gorder
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented-verse-forms The Sparrowet is an invented stanzaic form created by Kathrine Sparrow that she calls a variation of the Swap Quatrain. The defining feature is the inversion of the 2 hemistichs of L1 in L6 of each stanza. The elements of the Sparrowet are: stanzaic, written in any number of sixains. syllabic, lines of 8 syllables each. (Often written in iambic tetrameter.) L1 and L6 of each stanza is written in 2 hemistichs. rhymed, rhyme scheme BbabaA. The 2 halves of L1 are inverted and repeated as a refrain in L6. RRRA, RRRB xxxxxxxb xxxxxxxa xxxxxxxb xxxxxxxa RRRB, RRRA
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Terzanelle is a verse form which is a cross between a Terza Rima and a Villanelle. Both the Italian and the French have been given credit for this form probably because of the original forms. However, it appears to have been the creation of “Forms Guru”, Lewis Turco. It merges the interlocking tercets with the tumbling repeated lines. The elements of the Terzanelle are: a poem in 19 lines made up of 5 tercets and ends with a quatrain. metered, most commonly iambic pentameter however if you stray, lines should be of equal length. rhymed A1BA2 bCB cDC dED eFE fA1FA2. Caps are repeated lines. L1 is repeated in L17, L2 is repeated in L6, L3 repeated L19, L5 repeated in L9, L8 repeated in L12, L11 repeated in L18.
  5. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Three Poems In One I have found that there are a few invented forms that attempt to create 3 poems in 1 poem. Each has its own unique approach. The feature these forms have in common is the reader must be in on the pattern or they probably won't get it. Cleave Poetry is a poetic genre in which 3 separate poems are intertwined into one woven poem. "The word cleave is a contranym, a word with 2 opposite meanings: verb 1) split or sever along a natural grain or line. 2) divide; split. verb 1) stick fast to. 2) become strongly involved with or emotionally attached to. " Old English Compact Oxford English Dictionary There seems to be a movement to promote the verse form at Wordpress. The 3 poems are written with meter, rhyme and number of lines at the poet's discretion. The one requirement is to create side by side poems that can be merged into one poem. One of the best examples of this form that I have found is Miracle on the Hudson by Dave Schneider at Writing.com. Here is my poor attempt. cleave, an oxymoron one can split, one can cling divide in half, make a merge the axe sharp, the body soft fuel for war, hug of peace one is two , two are whole ~~Judi Van Gorder Faceted Diamond is a verse form that is probably as complicated to read as to write. It is an invented form found at Poetry Base and was invented by American poet Cory S Sylvester. Like the Cleave and the Trigee there are 3 poems in 1 but unlike the others, the reader may need clues to understand how to read the 3. The elements of the Faceted Diamond are: 3 poems in 15 lines. syllabic, 1-2-3-4-5-6--7-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. The even # lines break half way. (Poetry Base suggests the poem could be longer as long as it is an odd number of lines, but I am not going there. You can check with PB if you are curious.) unrhymed. centered on the page. x x -- x x x x x x -- x x x x x x x x x x -- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x -- x x x x x x x x x x x x x x -- x x x x x x x x x x -- x x x x x x -- x x The poem can be read in whole and... A second poem can be read by reading the odd numbered lines and the first half of the even numbered lines and .... A third poem can be read by reading the odd numbered lines and the second half of the even numbered lines. All 3 poems should make sense. Trigee poems can be found on the internet but the description of the genre came from a forum member who encountered it on another poetry forum. It appears to be the same as the Cleave, a nonce verse in which side by side poems merge into one poem. Alliterative Acrostic Trigee takes the concept of 3 poems in 1 to another level. It was presented as a challenge on a poetry forum. A three in one poem (Trigee), alliterated and the first letter of each line spells a word. Number of lines, meter and rhyme at the discretion of the poet. Titan Tall tasks talk to me . . . . . . . ten times over I try in tantamount with the tax . . to temper tradition tame and trip thought. . . . . . .tell a timeless tale and tender a tome . . . . . . .. . .testament of truth not terse nor tentative . . .to be tenable to a tempest ~~Judi Van Gorder
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Villonnet is another hybrid form created by D. Allen Jenkins and found at Shadow Poetry. This is a recent invented form which is designed to be a cross between a Villanelle and Sonnet. The elements of the Villonnet are: a poem in 15 lines, made up of 3 quatrains followed by a tercet. metric, iambic pentameter. rhymed, either keeping the 2 rhymes of the Villanelle or eliminating the second rhyme of the Villanelle and rhyming only the anterior lines of the stanzas. A¹bbA² abbA¹ abbA² A¹bA² or A¹xxA² axxA¹ axxA² A¹xA² x being unrhymed or you could go off the reservation and A¹bbA² accA¹ addA² A¹bA² L1 is repeated as L8 andL13 and L4 is repeated as L12 and L15.
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    "Borrowed Words"

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Borrowed Words - Throughout the ages, poets have used what surrounds them to create art. The following are some invented forms that fall under the genre that I call "borrowed" poetry. When borrowing other's work, be sure to credit the original Cento Verse Latin for patchwork, Verse made up of a medley of lines from the work or works of some well known poet. Verse in this genre dates back to ancient Rome. Natures Notes, A Patchwork of Emily Dickinson's World by Judi Van Gorder XXII L2 He did not know I saw XXIV L1 A Narrow fellow in the grass XXV L13 I feel as if the grass were pleased XXVI L3 A green chill upon the heat XXXVII L1 The wind begun to rock the grass XXVII L5 The leaves unhooked themselves from trees XXXIX L7 Write me how many notes there be. We Hold These Truths by Judi Van Gorder Cento by Jan Haag Chance Poetry is verse using "chance methods" like opening a dictionary or any book, close your eyes and put your finger on the page, using the words selected at random for the basis of the poem or drawing words at random from prewritten cards then using those words in the order drawn for the poem's vocabulary. American poets Jackson MacLow and John Cage have been forerunners in this avant garde poetic genre. Any chance method to select the words will do. The Assasination by Donald Justice (1925-2004) (Justice wrote words on cards and drew them randomly to compose this poem.) It begins again, the nocturnal pulse. It courses through the cables laid for it. It mounts to the chandeliers and beats there, hotly. We are too close. Too late, we would move back. We are involved with the surge. Now it bursts. Now it has been announced. Now it is being soaked up by newspapers. Now it is running through the streets. The crowd has it. The woman selling carnations And the man in the straw hat stand with it in their shoes. Here is the red marquee it sheltered under. Here is the ballroom, here The sadly various orchestra led By a single gesture. My arms open. It enters. Look, we are dancing. Dada is a movement beyond verse, it included all artistic endeavors. Initiated in Zurich in 1916 by 2 Romanians, it grew throughout Europe and finally across the ocean to the US. It is rebellion against the established norm. As a verse form, dada is basically taking random words and in the sequence of receipt relating those words as your poem. In my opinion it is much like a "found poem" but with a bit less thought and craft. Basically the instruction in the NPEOPP for writing dada verse is: Take a newspaper article and cut it up and put it in a bag. Then draw the words blindly one by one from the bag. Arrange those words in the sequence they are drawn onto a page to create your poem. "copy conscientiously / the poem will resemble you." It seems to be a collage of words and phrases outside the control of the poet. Erasure Verse is a poem made up of the leftovers after words from a written piece, prose or verse, have been erased. The following is an Erasure poem, made from words leftover from taking an erasure to the description below on the Found Poem. erasure by Judi Van Gorder gathering the environment a snatch Printed collage arrangement to create different things anything poet's larger words. The Flarf is a genre of verse that I am still trying to wrap my brain around. It is an internet dependant form that combines unusual phrases from google searches. Flarfs have been published in Magazines and Anthologies and seem to me to be pretty much nonsense poems but they are an increasingly popular if not contraversial form. My understanding is that the poet snatches phrases from incongruous word searches on google. It has even extended beyond google to searches on twitter, Facebook and other internet driven entities. Try searching for engine and clown together and see what google comes up with. Then snatch phrases from the various sites. This borrowed word form is the brain child of Gary Sullivan who said "I found the word flarf online on a police blotter where some stoner had described marijuana as flarfy," and subsequently came up with the concept to join incongruous words in a google search and then snatch phrases from the results and called it Flarfing. The poem is meant to be edgy, un PC, expose the aweful and in general be unsettling. A Found Poem is the gathering and assembling of grouped words "found" in the environment and incorporating the "found" phrases and words into a larger poetic piece. It is a "snatch of poetry" NPOPP. Printed images or phrases assembled in a literary collage. The lineal arrangement rearranges the phrases to create an entirely different piece. It presents things found in the poet's surroundings such as a news article, a poem, letters, dialogue or anything. The poetry is much larger than the "found lines" that intersperse the poet's words. It was recognized in the 20th century and one of the more prominent series of Found poems is Ezra Pound's Cantos which includes "real" letters between Jefferson and Adams, Papal documents, poems by Cavalcanti, government and bank documents. The form is strophic without prescribed structure. The following is a found poem using snippets of a posted conversation of members of a poetic community. found poetry by Rex Allen Brewer trying history the Dolores River northwest into the valley Lost Canyon road further if you take the highway curious to know who named the river before the padres Escalanté and Dominguez The River of Sorrows a small river one you can get to know Golden Shovel was introduced by award winning American poet, Terrance Hayes. The form is named for the first poem he wrote using the technique which changes a line of an existing poem to the end words of a new poem. Simply choose a line of poetry from any poem previously written. Use each word of that line in sequence as the end word of the new poem. If you choose a five word line, your poem will be 5 lines long. It’s Cold Out There The frigid winter nights, comforting to some conjure dreams of home and other things. I watch as weather changes, varied are impediments to travel, rain, snow, and never warm even when the sky is clear. ~~ Judi Van Gorder “Some things are never clear.” L1 Voice Ways by Robert Frost Spoem or Spoemetry is verse made from the subject lines of spam e-mail messages. The originator is speculative, since many writers and bloggers have claimed to be responsible. The form seems to have first shown up in 1999 and has been the theme of poetry contests, blogs and journals. A book entitled 'Spam: E-mail Inspired Poems' by Ben Myers was published in 2008 by Blackheath Books Myers claims to have been writing spam poems since 1999. The key is to find the unexpected. The structure can be at the poet's discretion. Slightly different in nature but still borrowing ideas and structure from another verse are: Afflatus Projacking
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    Jeffrey's Sonnet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Sonnet Sonnet Comparison Chart Jeffrey's Sonnet is a recent verse form invented by Scott J Alcorn. My guess is either the middle intital "J." in Scott J. Alcorn stands for Jeffrey, or this sonnet frame is named for the title or subject of a poem written by Alcorn. It appears the form varies from the metric pattern of most sonnets and has a unique rhyme scheme. The elements of the Jeffrey's Sonnet are: a quatorzain, made up of 2 sestets followed by a couplet. syllabic, 8 syllables per line. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabccb ddeffe ge . There is internal cross rhyme within syllables 2 thru 4 of L7, L13 & L14. composed with no suggested criteria for a pivot although it appears to occur between the sestets, leaving the end couplet as a summary. x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x b x x x x x x x c x x x x x x x c x x x x x x x b x x x b x x x d x x x x x x x d x x x x x x x e x x x x x x x f x x x x x x x f x x x x x x x e x x e x x x x g x x x g x x x e
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms The Xenolith is an invented form created only this last month, September 2011. Technically to be a recognized verse form there should be several poems written using the same frame otherwise it is simply a nonce form. But because Carol Ward, the inventor of this particular frame, at Random Thoughts named it beginning with X (there are no other forms beginning with X) and I enjoyed reading how and why it was named and created, I had to include it here as a full-fledged invented form. Maybe someone else will give it a try someday and make it official. Xenolith is a rock formation of an older rock inside a newer rock, I liked that the poet chose this term not just for the unique X word but she conceptualized the definition to a poem within a poem. My mind is swirling trying to visualize an older poem inside a new poem captured within this unique frame. The frame could be a challenge with the irregular syllabic pattern in 15 lines, 7 of which are turned on only 1 rhyme. The elements of the Xenolith are: a 15 line poem. syllabic, L1,L3,L5,L8,L11,L13 & L15 are 12 syllables each, L2,L4,L6,L7,L9,L10,L12 &L14 are 8 syllables each. turned on 5 rhymes, rhymed a b a b a c c a d d a e a e a. The 12 syllable lines carry a single rhyme, the 8 syllable lines are paired by rhyme even if not always by line position. x x x x x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x b x x x x x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x b x x x x x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x c x x x x x x x c x x x x x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x d x x x x x x x d x x x x x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x e x x x x x x x x x x x a x x x x x x x e x x x x x x x x x x x a No Guarantee by Carol Ward (a Xenolith)
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    Mad Cow & Mad Calf

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse In the Mad Cow, the rhyme scheme sets the tone. This pastoral verse form invented by American Sebastian "Duke" Delorange, found at Poetry Base, is a perfect candidate for "Light Verse". The elements of the Mad Cow are: is a poem in 35 lines made up of 7 cinquains? metric, alexandrine lines, iambic hexameter (6 metric feet) lines with midline caesura. rhymed, rhyme scheme ababc cdede fgfgh hijij klklm mnono eieio. (for those not familiar with the nursery rhyme, "Old Mac Donald had a farm e i e i o. And on that farm he had a cow e i e i o. With a moo moo here and a moo moo there. Here a moo, there a moo, e i e i o0" pastoral, to go along with it's name, the poem should include an idylic country setting. The Mad Calf is just a baby Mad Cow, also invented by Delorange at Poetry Base, this verse form is a simpler shorter version of its parent. The elements of the Mad Calf are: a poem in 20 lines made up of 4 cinquains. syllabic, each line 6 syllables. rhyme, rhyme scheme abcde fghij klmno eieio. which in reality would be xxxxe xxxix xxxxo eieio, x being unrhymed. pastoral.
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Margeda is an invented verse form that is an exercise in trochaic meter with head and tail rhyme. It is said to be adaptable to the "elfin, the grotesque, the ironic and to nature poems". ("nature poems" added at the end made me laugh) It is attributed to Edith Thompson and found in Pathways for a Poet by Viola Berg. I have also run into this form at various sites on the internet. The elements of the Margeda are: a quatorzain made up of 7 couplets that do not claim to be a sonnet. metered, written in trochaic tetrameter, the last foot is catalectic (drops the last unstressed syllable) Su/Su/Su/S. rhymed, the lines have both head and tail rhyme in rhyming couplets. a…b a…b c…d c…d e…f e…f g…h g….h i…j i…j k…l k…l m…n m…n
  12. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Vole Central is the web site of UK educator and poet, Bob Newman where knowledge, skilled writing and humor are the perfect balance to deliver inspiration and a "how to" to countless students of poetry such as myself. Certainly Newman covers the basics of verse but he also has some unique and challenging forms which are exclusively on his web site. Some of the more intriguing are now also on this page. The Balanced Sonnet is noted as not a sonnet because it doesn't use the octave-sestet sonnet pattern but then technically neither does the Shakespearean sonnet. So as long as the poem sings in 14 lines with a pivot or turn somewhere within, I think one could call it a sonnet. This form was created by Barbara Dilworth. The elements of the Balanced Sonnet are: a quatorzain, made up of 2 California Rhyme Stanzas.. metered, iambic pentameter. rhymed, rhyme scheme ababcbc dedefdf. no placement of pivot prescribed. The Bina is an invented verse form created by Bob Newman at the Poetry By Way and found on the internet at his site and at Poetry Base . The Bina is a shortened variation of the Sestina. The elements of the Bina are: a pentastich. A poem in 5 lines. metered, predominantly iambic pentameter(or close). Lines are equal length. composed with end words limited to 2 words that are repeated in numerical sequence and one of the words appears internally in L5. Words 1-2-2-1-2 with word 1 appearing midway in L5 L1 ends with word #1 L2 ends with word #2 L3 ends with word #2 L4 ends with word #1 L5 midway word #1, ends with word #2. Here is an example of a poem written using the Bina frame and following two thematic poetic genres, Aubaude and Serenade. "Ades" Stiilis Bina(2 love poems for Joe D.) by DC Martinson Aubade Cleaving half the horizon, the morning sun cuts across the eyelid of the earth, and in a forever-moment the earth is outside of now: not dawn, not morning. Yet I'd crave You, my morning; You, my earth. Serenade Shuttering up the horizon, the night throes – heavy blanket on the face of earth, regardless of the weather on the earth. Yet shroud me with Your fibrous self this night and I'd succumb: You, my night; You, my earth. The California Rhymed Stanza is a septet used in the Balanced Sonnet but could be used as a stand alone poem or be written in any number of stanzas. It was created by Barbara Dilworth and introduced at Vol Central. The elements of the California Rhymed Stanza are: stanzaic, written in any number of septets, 7 line stanzas. metered or not at the discretion of the poet. (When used in a sonnet, in deference to the sonnet form, iambic pentameter would be my choice.) rhymed, scheme ababcbc. Decrina is a longer version of the Sestina attributed to Bob Neuman but I couldn't find it at his website Poetry By Way. I did find it at Poetry Base however. Having written a Sestina, I can't imagine why anyone would even consider attempting a longer version of the form. The elements of the Decrina are: stanzaic, ten 10 line stanzas with a 5 line envoy, a total of 105 lines. metered, lines of equal length, like the Sestina, iambic pentameter or iambic tetrameter. repeated end words in a specific pattern. (Numbers represent words) 0123456789 1357902468 3704815926 7419630852 4938271605 9876543210 8642097531 6295184073 2580369147 5061728394 I can only assume the envoy is like the Sestina with even #ed words midline and odd #ed words as end words. 0-9,8-7,6-5,4-3,2-1 Domino Rhyme is a very clever innovation of Bob Newman which can be found at his site as well as many others on the internet. Much like a slinky, rhymes tumble from stanza to stanza, it is something he calls "remote rhyming". The elements of the Domino Rhyme are: stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains. metered, written in a loose tetrameter. Lines should be same length. rhymed. L2 and L3 of the first stanza rhyme with L1 and L4 of the next stanza and so on down until the last stanza when L2 and L3 rhyme with L1 and L4 of the first stanza. abcd befc eghf gijh ... iadj. The Fifty Dollar Tomato by Judi Van Gorder The puSlogh vagh is a little something for the Star Trek fan. This stanzaic form, according to Bob Newman is a Klingon form. Apparently the Klingon language has only 5 vowel sounds. To preserve the Klingon spirit of the verse one should only use the short vowel sounds of a e i o u as in bag-beg-big-bog and bug, no long vowel sounds such as May, me, my, moan, mule. . It is important to go by sound not spelling. You really should read Newman's description of the form for which I provide this link, Vol Central. I add no new insight, I am just passing on what I read there. The elements of the puSlogh vagh are: stanzaic, written in any number of cinquains. However until you speak Klingon fluently I recommend you stick with just one cinquain. isosyllabic, same number of syllables per line. The number of syllables is determined by the first line, it can be as few as 4 and as many as 10. composed using only short or soft vowel sounds as in fan, bend, it, opt, fun, mystic. No hard or long vowel sound as in ate, beet, lie, oak, June, my. composed with at least 2 "strongholds" within each line. The strong hold position is determined by the poet and established in the first line. A stronghold is specific syllabic positions for a repeated sound. In this case assonant rhyme. In other words, the vowel sound could be in the 3rd syllable of each line and 6th syllable of each line, or the 1st, 4th syllable and 6th syllable of each line. It could even be the 1st and 4th syllables with no end rhyme. etc.. written with a different key vowel in each line, the order of which is at the discretion of the poet. The vowel sound can be repeated once, twice or even more depending on the length of the line and inventiveness of the poet, but it must be repeated at least once in the strong hold position in each line. Here is an example, not great poetry but I'm just learning Klingon, so please forgive me. The strong hold is in the 3rd and 6th position of each line. The Hat and the Cat by Judi Van Gorder The cat smacked the straw hat when it saw the brown dog jump a net, a fun fetch that is won with some fun not a sin, just a win. The Scupham Sonnet is noted at Vol Central as not a "proper" sonnet, probably because of the lack of prescribed pivot. It was created by British poet Peter Scupham and uses the Scupham Stanza. The elements of the Scupham Sonnet are: a quatorzain made up of 2 Schupham stanzas (sixains) followed by a rhymed couplet. metered, iambic pentameter. rhymed, scheme abccba deffed gg. no prescribed place for a pivot but most good poetry naturally has a pivot or turn someplace within the poem. The Scupham Stanza is a sixain used in the Scupham Sonnet but which could be stand-alone poem or written in any number. It was created by British poet, Peter Scupham and is found at Vol Central. The elements of the Scupham stanza are: stanzaic, written in any number of sixains. metered or not at the discretion of the poet. (When using it in a sonnet, in deference to the form, iambic pentameter would be my choice.) rhymed, scheme abccba.
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    Haiku Wannabees

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Invented Forms Haiku Haiku Wannabees When searching for traditional forms, I have run across several invented forms that attempt to emulate or replace the Haiku. Most often they miss the mark, but some are fun to play with. Cinqku is a 5 line haiku attributed to American poet Denis Garrison found at Poetry Bridge. It particularly explores the use of the line break and retains the maximum syllable count of the haiku. (Note: the haiku is a small poem of 17 syllables or less, the Cinqku is more restrictive with a strict syllable count of 17.) The Cinqku should have a turn or surprise in L4 and L5. The elements of the Cinqku are: a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines. syllabic. A strict syllable count of 2-3-4-6-2 syllables per line. composed with a turn or surprise in L4 or L5. untitled. he saw his life flash before his eyes - her smile and waiting arms took hold ---Mike Monteuil Scattered, fragmented, time spins too fast. in stillness I reclaim myself. ------ Judi Van Gorder Dixdeux, French for ten-two, is illustrated by Anthony Fusco in Caulkins' Handbook on Haiku and Other Form Poems, 1970 . . . It appears to have developed as an alternative to the Haiku. The defining feature is the syllable count. The elements of the Dixdeux are: written in any number of tercets. When written in more than one tercet, L3 becomes a refrain. syllabic, with 10-10-2 syllables per line. is unrhymed. titled, unlike the haiku. Hot Topic by Judi Van Gorder an unopened coke sits in closed up truck outside the summer temperature rises KABOOM! sticky brown liquid spatters upholstery meticulous owner finds mess inside KABOOM! The Haikuette is another seemingly, American answer to the haiku and was introduced by Louise Sipfle in the Caulkins Handbook and included in Berg's Pathways. The defining feature is the absence of verbs. The elements of the Haikuette are: a tristich, a 3 line poem. Each line must be a separate entity, yet must contribute to the whole. syllabic, 17 syllables or less. There is no specified syllable count per line. written without verbs. unrhymed. titled. You by Judi Van Gorder fresh freckled Lily sweet fragrance, pink and spicy your face in the sun The Hay(na)ku or Jánakú is an invented verse form inspired by the haiku that is measured by number of words instead of syllables. It was introduced in 2003 by Eileen Tabios, the then publisher of Meritage Press. The name Haynaku is the Tagalog equivalent of Oh My God! The elements of the Hay(na)ku are: a tristich, a poem written in 3 lines. measured by number of words, L1 is one word, L2 is two words and L3 is three words. There is no restriction on number of syllables in the words. unrhymed. variable, the line order can be reversed, or the form can be chained to create a series of Haynakus. November. . . golden leaves crunch under foot ------- jvg Fallen . . from tree, three bones broken. --------jvg Canvas. . . paint splash dribbles onto page. ------- jvg one plus two always equals three --------- --Fred Johnson The Kimo is an Israeli version of the haiku, found at Poetry Kaleidoscope. The defining feature is that there should be no movement in the imagery. The elements of the Kimo are: a tristich, a 3 line poem. syllabic 10-7-6 syllables per line. the images should be stationary unrhymed. My Dog Angel by Judi Van Gorder Coffee grounds and eggshells on kitchen floor next to overturned trash pail, Angel sleeping nearby. Lune is an "American haiku" invented by poet, Robert Kelly, a tristich in 13 syllables. Other than line and syllable count it has none of the classic requirements of the haiku. Instant Poetry Forms The elements of the Lune are: a poem in 3 lines. measured either by 5-3-5 syllables per line rhyme at the discretion of the poet. Today I cried tears of regret. I was not enough. ------ ---Judi Van Gorder Collom Lune, inspired by the Lune and invented by American poet, Jack Collom, the Collom Lune uses word count rather than syllable count and reverses the count to 3-5-3. The elements of the Collom Lune are: a poem in 3 lines. measured by 3-5-3 words per line. my messy desk stacked with books and bills poetry born here ~~jvg The Quinzaine is an internet form found at Shadow Poetry and Instant Poetry for Kids, named from the French quinze (fifteen) for the 15 syllables the poem contains. The elements of the Quinzaine are: a tristich, a 3 line poem. syllabic, 7-5-3 syllables per line. unrhymed. composed of: L1 a statement, L2 and L3 questions related to the statement. Keats by Judi Van Gorder Poet writes in present tense. When is verse in time, is now then? Tetractys is an internet form claiming to be "Britain's answer to the haiku." Ray Stebbing at Shadow Poetry. "Tetractys" is defined by its name. The name given by classical Greek mathematician, Euclid, to his contention that the number series 1,2,3,4 has mystical significance because its sum is 10. The elements of the Tetractys are: a pentastich, a complete poem in a 5 lines. syllabic, with a progressive syllable count 1-2-3-4-10 per line. sometimes written as a Double Tetractys(2 quintains), when doubled the syllabic pattern is reversed, 1-2-3-4-10-10-4-3-2-1. sometimes it is stanzaic, written in any number of quintains. when written in multiple stanzas the syllabic pattern is a Mirrored Tetractys syllables per line 1-2-3-4-10 10-4-3-2-1 1-2-3-4-10 10-4-3-2-1 etc…. unrhymed. Sleep dormant renewal. Recovery, under rated necessity of life. Judi Van Gorder The Trilinea, one more haiku copycat from Berg's Pathways for a Poet, created by Nellie Amos. It appears to me to be a simplified 15th century Italian Stornello with a gimmick. The defining feature is the word "rose" must appear somewhere in the 3 lines which seems a bit contrived to me. The elements of the Trilinea are: a tristich, a poem in 3 lines. syllabic, with syllable count per line, 4-8-4. rhymed, L1 and L3 rhyme. composed to include the word "rose". titled. tattoo by Judi Van Gorder teardrops of dew cling to a red velvet rose the touch of you Today by Judi Van Gorder I rose to see a world of possibilities beckoning me. The Triquain, found in Berg's Pathways for the Poet 1977 appears to be an attempt at combining the haiku and Crapsey cinquain. It was created by L. Stanley Cheney and referred to in both the Caulkins' Handbook and Pathways. This form comes a little closer to the purpose of haiku than some other haiku wannabees. There is another invented form also called a Triquain that appeared on the internet about 25 years later written in a syllabic heptastich. The elements of the Triquain found in Pathways are: a tristich, a poem in 3 lines. It is composed in 3 units, L1 introduces the subject, L2 expands and leads into action, L3 is the enlightenment or question. syllabic, with 2-7-7 syllable count per line. Titled, unlike the haiku. stud by Judi Van Gorder newborn leggy colt struggles to stand first of many challenges Zip is an American haiku knockoff discovered by Lawrence Eberhardt at Poet's Collective at Wikipedia. Created by John Carley this is a 15 syllable haiku i 2 lines. The elements of the zip are: a distich, a poem in 2 lines syllabic, total 15 syllables, line break at the discretion of the poet each line composed with caesura displayed as a double or triple space rather than punctuation such as comma, or ellipsis. untitled shy sun smiles this winter morning frozen stillness greets my day . . . ~ jvg
  14. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry invented Forms Mathematics Merges with Verse. I suppose all verse involves mathematics in the measure of the line and length of the stanza, but there are a few verse forms that were invented specifically from mathematical concepts. Cadae was found in two forms. The word "cadae" is the alphabetical equivalent of the first five digits of Pi, 3.1415. (I never did understand Pi, how did I survive algebra?) But for you mathematicians, this may be a verse form you could have fun with. Both forms are similar in concept with the Fibonacci. The Cadae #1 -I found this form at a site for teachers, the form is a way of introducing the numbers of Pi to children. This verse form uses the first 5 digits of Pi to determine the number of lines in a strophe and the numbers of syllables in the line. The elements of the Cadae #1 are: strophic, written in 5 strophes of fixed but varied length. S1 - 3 lines S2 - 1 line S3 - 4 lines S4 - 1 line S5 - 5 lines syllabic, S1 - 3 syllables per line S2 - 1 syllable in the line S3 - 4 syllables per line S4 - 1 syllable in the line S5 - 5 syllables per line Pi ∆∆∆∆∆ by Judi Van Gorder A circle dissected and measured sliced and diced into pie shaped pieces . . . diameter divides into one whole circumference the answer is Pi . . . pie placed side by side joined at the bottom creates cadae crown. Cadae #2 is a Western experimental movement to merge math and verse. This was found at Wikipedia. It is much more complicated than the children's version above. This form counts strophes, lines and syllables. There is even the option for the truly mathematically inclined to count the letters of the words in sequential order with the numbers or digits of Pi. Pi = 3.1 41592653589793238462643383279502884197 to infinity.. The elements of the Cadae #2 are: Strophic, 5 strophes, each containing the number of lines in sync with the first 5 digits of Pi. S1=3 line, S2=1 line, S3=4 lines, S4=1 line, S5=5 lines. 14 lines altogether. Syllabic, 3-1-4-1-5-9-2-6-5-3-5-8-9-7 syllables per line. Unrhymed. Variable: For a Cadae on steroids, the poet could take this a step further and in addition to the strophe, line and syllable count, the number of letters in the words of the poem could also follow the sequential numbers of Pi. The following is a "pumped up" Cadae and employs all of the above features. This poem includes 40 words with the letters in sync with the first 40 digits of Pi=3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197. As long as the strophe, line, syllable and letter count are in sync with the digits of Pi, the word count could vary from poem to poem. Cadaeic Cadae by Rachel Hommel God – a gift I swore mordantly to. . . . . reject daily, but, human toxicity resonates amongst seditious men of war stealing love "aweigh" He abhors . Axis and Ego; fighting was an age-long righteous brawl & my previous exertion bred a chastened warrior. Cadaeic Cadenza (Cadenza is Italian for cadence.) is named for a short story written in 1996 by Mathematician Mike Keith. It is said to be an example of "constrained writing". The number of letters in each word sequentially mimic the first 3825 digits of Pi. In terms of merging poetry with math, in this case "Pi", the poet need only follow the sequential digits of Pi either in word, syllable, or letter count or all of the above. Found at Wikipedia: The parody of Poe's Raven written in Cadae Cadence the letters of the words in the sequence of Pi 3.1415 (author and title) etc. Poe, E. Near a Raven Midnights so dreary, tired and weary, Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore. During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap! An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor." "I ignore" .--- Mike Keith, First stanza of Near a Raven A Raven by Edgar Allen Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door."' Tis some visitor," I muttered, " tapping at my chamber door — Only this, and nothing more." Chronos is another mathematical verse form built around the root of Pi, this time Pi2 or Chronos = 9,8696. I found this verse form created by Bianca at Writing .com The elements of the Chronos are: a pentastich. syllabic, 9-8-6-9-6 syllables per line. The Fib is the brainchild of American screenwriter, Gregory Pincus found in his blog at GottaBook in 2006. The Fib is his solution for the need to write Haiku with a few more syllables. Based on the Fibonacci concept of the sequential numbers 0-1-1-2-3-5-8, It is a hexastich with progressive syllable count and has become very popular on the internet. The elements of the Fib are: a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines syllabic, syllables 1-1-2-3-5-8 Here are a couple of poems by Lucy Lu that demonstrate the Fib, know he is there watching on the other end. My heart quivers at such a thought. Sage said whether white or black, the one that catches the mouse is a good cat. Topnotch! The Fibonacci, along the same lines as the Fib, the Fibonacci is a movement to write verse utilizing and named for a mathematical concept developed by the 12th-century Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci. The Fibonacci numbers are 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13, 21 and so on, adding the last 2 numbers to determine the next in line. The form appears to be first used by poets in the 20th century in America and Denmark. It is similar in concept with the Cadae. Unlike the Fib, it is the stanzaic, rather than syllable count, the stanzas progress to correspond with the numeric concept. The elements of the Fibonacci are: stanzaic, written in any number of stanzas in which the number of lines of each stanza increases corresponding with the Fibonacci concept as the poem progresses. rhyme and meter are written at the discretion of the poet. Together Forever by Judi Van Gorder Holding hands at sunset Dreams of yesterday lovers side by side. It all begins in love with love timeless touch. Dreams do not anticipate a hospital marathon palsied hands a shoulder leaning heavily a life on hold. Watching you sleep brought pleasure, felt safe. Now I'm left to wonder if you will wake stay with me one more day or will you release me from my vigil? Forever is a long time. Fibonacci Spiral is an invented form by Georgia Luna Smith Faust also using the numbers of the Fibonacci numbers 0-1-1-2-3-5-8-13, syllables create a spiral image . The elements of the Fibonacci Spiral are: a poem in 25 lines with no stanza break. syllabic, syllables per line 1-1-2-3-5-8-13-8-5-3-2-1-1-1-1-1-2-3-5-8-13-8-5-3-2-1-1 L12, 1 syllable word must be at least 4 letters L13 is repeated as L14 centered on the page Example Pi-Archimedes is a simpler variation of the Cadae Verse. Named for the Greek mathematician Archimedes, (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC) who defined Pi. In this verse, the first six digits of Pi are represented by 6 lines and word count per line. Pi = 3.14159 . . (My original source is lost to me and it was recently pointed out that I had incorrectly posted the sequential digits of Pi. I don't know if this was my error or an error from the original source. I have corrected the 6 numbers and the word count for each line to the correct sequence.) The elements of the Pi-Archimedes verse are: a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines. measured by the number of words in each line 3-1-4-1-5-9 to match the numerical sequence of the first six digits of Pi. unrhymed. Pi by Judi Van Gorder Not my thing, numbers. Algebra is an enigma, mud that mucks up my brain. "You use math every day", they say. I try. The Piaku is an invented form that takes its syllable count from the Pi. Created by American Mike Rollins this form may have an infinite number of lines. Found at All Poetry in Lawrencelot’s Blog. The elements of the Piaku are: Is written based on the number Pi = 3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679 82148 08651 ...on to infinity… with each number representing a line. It is at the poet’s discretion how many lines the piece should include which could go into infinity. One could argue that the poem should begin with a single line followed by any number of quintains, but the original example poem is not broken into stanzas.(more choices for the poet) Syllabic, syllables per line pi=3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510 58209 74944 59230 78164 06286 20899 86280 34825 34211 70679 82148 08651 ... Unrhymed. (In the following poem I chose to write in quintains and use the first syllable count of 3 for the title. Complex Math by Judi Van Gorder Pi the infinite Pi number without end unequivocal revelation. Unleashed one could spin into the farthest reaches of the mind and never come back. Quaternion is a verse form named for the algebraic equations that were introduced by Irish mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton in 1843 which completely oversimplified and probably missing the point entirely are the multiplication of three dimensional imaginary units by four dimensional objects. Now don't expect me to explain that. The verse form is English in origin and found at Poetry Base. The only connection I see between the algebraic concept and the form is they both have a 3 by 4 concept. The form is written in three quatrains with a rhyme scheme that ends with a combination of the rhyme of the first 2 stanzas in the last stanza. The elements of the Quaternion are: a poem in 12 lines made up of 3 quatrains. metered at the discretion of the poet. rhymed, aabb ccdd abcd. Third Dimension by Judi Van Gorder Forgotten in a tight airless attic, a thing that was to prove problematic, a Halloween reflective diorama in reenactment of a psychodrama. The shoebox, webbed and painted black, a tiny coffin's cedar lid drawn back, inside a body stiff in death, an ax embedded in the head, a final tax. A challenge to create this poematic with ghoulish display in frightful panorama. The sounds with screeching tone, elegiac and words don't always tell the lonely facts. The Binary Tree is an invented verse form that borrows elements from both mathematics and computer science according to its creator Jason A Banico. In computer science the binary tree is like a family tree in which each "node" has 2 "children" or in this verse form a node is represented by a hemistich which is repeated. This 11 line poem is made up of 9 different phrases repeated at least once. The elements of the Binary Tree are: a poem in 11 lines. The first 9 lines are written in hemistichs which includes at least one hemistich or phrase that is repeated elsewhere in the poem. metered at the discretion of the poet, obviously 2 versets, phrases or hemistichs must make up a line. unrhymed. composed with repetition, the first hemistich of L1 is repeated as the second hemistich in L2 and L5 and the first hemistich in L4, the 2nd hemistich of L2 is repeated as the first hemistich of L3 and L7 and the 2nd hemistich of L8. The first hemistich of L2 is repeated as the 2nd hemistich of L4 and the first hemistich of L6. The 2nd hemistich of L3 is repeated as the 2nd hemistich of L7 and the first hemistich of L9, the first hemistich of L5 is repeated as the first hemistich of L10, The 2nd hemistich of L6 is repeated as the 2nd hemistich of L10. The first hemistich of L8 is repeated as the first hemistich of L11 and the 2nd hemistich of L9 is repeated as the 2nd hemistich in L11. L1: a / b L2: c / a L3: b / d L4: a / c L5: e / a L6: c / f L7: b / d L8: g / b L9: d / h L10: e / f L11: g / h Starving by Judi Van Gorder The growl within, empty light, the clock strikes noon, the growl within, empty light, a need to feed the growl within, the clock strikes noon to plug the hole, the growl within the clock strikes noon, the lunch time boon, empty light, the need to feed sit down to eat, empty light a need to feed and fill up soon, to plug the hole, the lunch time boon sit down to eat and fill up soon. The Tricube found at Writer's Digest is an invented form by Phillip Larrea is inspired by the mathematic "cube" to the third power. The elements of the Tricube are: a hexastich made up of 3 tercets. a tercet is made up of 3 lines. (This obvious fact is spelled out in keeping with the third power concept.) syllabic, each line is only 3 syllables long Conceived in Liberty by Judi Van Gorder The Tritriplicata is an invented by Arjan Tupan, "Story Teller, Cross Pollinator, and Ideator" from Papenveer, Nederland, that focuses on 3 to the power of 3 or 3 times 9 = 27. This form has a total of 27 syllables. Tupan notes one reason for his focus on the number 3, "The poet, the poem and the reader, a tripartite force that empowers meaning." The elements of the tritriplicata are: a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines syllabic, syllables per line, 3-6-9-6-3 = 27 syllables total imagist in that the poem should be a snapshop image composed with turn or volta elegy for humanitytears streak cheekswhile sheets cover facesof fallen victims to a virus,filling lungs, stopping breath,killing us ~~ Judi Van Gorder The Zeno is a recently invented form created by J. Patrick Lewis. "it was inspired by the mathematical “hailstone sequence,” simply explained here…. I call the form a “Zeno,” so named for Zeno, the philosopher of paradoxes, especially the dichotomy paradox, according to which getting anywhere involves first getting halfway there and then again halfway there, and so on ad infinitum." The elements of the Zeno are: a decastich, a poem in 10 lines syllabic, syllables per line 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 rhymed, x x x a x x a x x a, x being unrhymed or only L4, L7 and L10 (the one syllable lines) rhyme. Gutted by Judi Van Gorder
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