Formal poetry fascinates me. Not that I can write much in the way of decent rhymed and metered poetry, but I love the discipline. I don’t recall when the sestina became one of my formal poetry obsessions but for a while I wanted to write a good one so badly that I kept a sticky note in the back of my writing journal for words … Continue reading Sestina Obsession
Making the Implicit, Explicit I have nightmares about being asked to scan poetry. I am a poet. I love poetry, even the classics with their rhyme and meter. But, I confess, I find scanning impossible. The first time I came across scansion was in grade school. I don’t remember the exact grade but I am thinking late elementary like 5th or 6th grade. We were … Continue reading Making the Implicit, Explicit
When I came back to writing poetry in 2006, I began by writing haiku. I then found myself searching for other short forms and I stumbled across a blog post discussing something called the Fibonacci poem. I was intrigued. Continue reading Fibonacci: Math and Poetry
Is there anything more oxymoronic than the term prose poem? When I entered my MFA program in 2007, I was bombarded with prose poetry. I felt fairly well read before I started the program given that I have been reading since I was three, I was an English major as an undergrad. But somehow, even in a course titled “Modern Poetry,” I was never exposed to the prose poem. Continue reading Prose Poety – The Ultimate Oxymoron?
Exploring the Villanelle France has a rich history of poetry innovation. The villanelle is just one of the many forms that developed as an imitation of a French model. The form entered into English-language poetry during the 1800’s. A villanelle appears to be a fairly simple rhyming form but it is actually extremely difficult to write because the first and third lines of the first … Continue reading Exploring the Villanelle
Do you have a minute? Well, good, then I can tell you a little bit about Minute Poetry. No, this is not a poem that you can write in a minute but it is a short, rhyming verse form that contains 6o syllables spanning 12 lines. If you want to get very strict with the rules, these 12 lines should also be in iambic meter … Continue reading Do You Have a Minute?