Tania Runyan writes a pantoum, a winding homage to the cups of sun and gold known as the California poppy in her Flowers of California series.
After a lifetime of taking the unassuming flower for granted, Tania Runyan pens a love letter to lily of the Nile.
California’s papery crape myrtle blooms played companion to Tania Runyan as a budding writer in her back yard.
Tania Runyan reflects on The Karate Kid and writes a letter to Clarisse McClellan from Fahrenheit 451.
Author Tania Runyan played with the prompts in ‘How to Write a Form Poem’ and wrote a triolet, rondel & rondelet in 1 day. Difficult, but fun!
What purposes does the art form of haiku serve best? Christopher Patchel considers this question, with the perspective of a graphic designer.
When Rick Maxson heard his wife singing, in a rare moment of freedom from pain, it needed a poem to hold his wonder. It needed a rondeau.
What poem do you really need to write, but can’t? The hiddenness of the acrostic might be just your poetic ticket. It was for Monica Sharman.
When you’re going round in grief, the rondeau might be your poetic form. Megan Willome found hers at mile 37.
What are the challenges and opportunities of the ghazal? John Drury explores the answers with you, in the rain…
Grief has the quailty of a kaleidoscope. So does the ghazal poem form. Aaron Brown mourns, through the ghazal, his war-torn city in Chad.
Prompted to write a villanelle, Sandra Heska King created a container for sorrow and endings. You could try it, too.
What can you find in a Field Guide? Maybe a poem with a corolla, breaking open. Claire Bateman did.
It’s difficult to tell a story with a sestina. And that’s exactly why Benjamin Myers explored a Muse story with this hard-to-hold form.
What two things must your villanelle have—to make it minimally successful? Find out in this Echo and Narcissus poem from poet John Poch!
The repetitive rural images of the Lake District provided inspiration for Jill Baumgaertner’s “Cumbria Pantoum.” What will inspire yours?
A soccer coach inspiring a villanelle? It could happen. (Indeed, it did, in this villanelle from Todd C. Truffin.)
Can a sonnet be funny? (Should it be, especially if a household “disaster” is in progress?) Gabriel Spera chose amusement…
In the final installment of our The Great Gatsby book club, Tania Runyan explores what it means to be “borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
A lost red button calls out to become an ode for a wider memory in Janet Aalfs’ touching poem about her mother and more.