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…
What have you been trying to tell yourself? Callie Feyen finds patterns, threads, and whispers in an old journal and “Kristin Lavransdatter.”
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!
What fragments of love can you find (and write about) from what’s left now? Callie Feyen uses a poem by Marjorie Maddox for inspiration.
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…
A lost red button calls out to become an ode for a wider memory in Janet Aalfs’ touching poem about her mother and more.
What do all Japanese poems have in common that might change how you view haiku? John Stevenson explores the answer…
Think the acrostic poem is too cute? Think again. Join Callie Feyen and Tania Runyan and see how risky the form can be.
What if one of your end words talked back, saying it needed to go? Murray Silverstein shows how you can be illuminated by your sestina’s own way.
When you think you’re grounded in reality, a form like the sonnet might lead you to the imaginary. It did for Susan Rothbard in her apple poem!
Can the villanelle come round again? Poet Richard Pierce responds to Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle with a powerful one of his own.
Sometimes a poem can start as free verse and as things go, the poem is asking to be written in form. Barbara Crooker’s acrostic shows the way.
Find out how Jack Kerouac brought Jim Kacian to haiku at the perfect time in his life. He would go on to be the founder of The Haiku Foundation.