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Poetry: April 10, 2019 Issue [#9481]

 This week: Try Something New with Your Poetry
  Edited by: RedWritingHood♡WDC
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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About This Newsletter

"A poem is a communication from one soul to another that makes one or both hearts sing."

Walter Mayes

"Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me."

Sigmund Freud

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Letter from the editor

Try Something New

Try something new with your poetry. Find a way to shake things up—turn them on their head, so to speak.

Today I’ll talk about some ways to do that and share a poetry form that shares in those ways.

Rhymed or Unrhymed

Do you lean towards rhyming or mostly shy away? Unless you tread on both paths, you may want to try the path less traveled. If you rhyme all the time, try stretching that poetic muscle without using it.

Change Up the Rhythm

Never use meter? Try it out in a poem or two. Use meter all the time? Try some sort of meter you’ve not tried before. You’ve tried iambic, trochaic and anapestic, now try spondaic and dactylic. Maybe even take a stab at pyrrhic.

Change Up the Topic/Theme

Mostly work on spooky themes and dark topics? Try out nature or comedy, or even a children’s poem. Do you like to lilt love poetry? Try spiritual instead.

Mash It Up!

Like poetry forms? Try mashing two into one! Try mixing a limerick with a sonnet. Maybe mix a lantern with an ode. Not sure what to mix or match? Throw a bunch of poetry form names in a hat and start picking two and start creating some mash ups (my own name for this type of thing)! If you want to try one out for size before you play around with them, see the form below.

Create a New Form

Need something else because you’ve done all of the above? Try creating your own form. Start thinking about things like: rhyme, meter, topic and theme of your form. Is it a long form or a short form? Does it matter? What are the rules? Map it out and have fun! Once you’re done, then send the rules on to me and I’ll share them with the newsletter *Delight*


Haibuns have been around for more than 300 years. They are a mash up of two forms: haiku and prose poetry. The Japanese poet, Basho, didn’t create them, but he wrote many during his lifetime and was one of the first few to write them.



-- No rhyme.

--Merge prose & haiku poetry.

--Both prose and haiku should add depth and meaning to each other while also being able to stand alone on their own.



--Number of lines.

--Number of stanzas—depends on how many haiku you incorporate into your haibun.

--Number of haiku to incorporate. Normally one, maybe two, but it is your choice.

--Start with either the prose or the haiku.

--Number of words: Micro Haibuns usually have a max of 200 words or less, but standard Haibuns are as long as you’d like them to be—just make each word count.


Drury, John. the po.e.try dic.tion.ar.y. 2nd edition. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 2006. Print.

Turco, Lewis. The Book of Forms. 3rd. Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2000.

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Editor's Picks

Theme: Haibun

 Last Train  [E]
A 'Haibun' written for the Writer's Cramp
by W.D.Wilcox

 Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe  [13+]
a haibun for the Writer's Cramp---prompt:the South
by ridinghhood--p. boutilier

 Imperfect World  [18+]
A nation's struggle encapsuled in a haibun
by Elisa the Snowman Stik

 Dylan at Newport  [ASR]
Haibun for the Third Son of Slam Contest.
by Harlow Flick

Wild Turkeys - a haibun  [E]
When wild turkeys came... haibun for The Third Son of Slam
by Joy

 The Glory of Success  [ASR]
A diary was found, frozen in ice.
by Potus Emeritus

  Morning Clinic - A Haibun  [ASR]
This is for Round 10 of "Third Son of Slam Contest" (ID:554585)
by Dr Taher writes again!

One Last Wish  [13+]
A haibun for "You've Got Character!"
by Joy

 Well, I’ll Be a Monkey’s Mother  [ASR]
A haibun for writer's cramp about a monkey & bananas....not what you might expect!
by winklett

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Comment: Thank you for posting ideas on getting prompts etc for writing poetry.

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