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Interesting form...

Posted to Poetry




but it leads to some weak poetry (IMO) because of the line length restriction.

Still, in an attempt to follow said form (just for kicks):

blue
off smoke
and horse-hair strings

she watches
through her glass
as
slowly
his hands tremble
across the neck

ebony
notes
swallow
her shudders


Again, a lot of these line assignments seem arbitrary. I wonder what the other people in the class came up with, or if this was based on an actual poem?

I know a good writing exercise is to take a favorite poem--usually something short and pithy--and, based on the phrasing, figues of speech, etc., write your own poem. It's a great way to learn rhythm, and how to apply language to a line, etc. I think I'm curious as to what this assignment was based on.