We’re exploring how to write simple, fun forms. Meet senryu—haiku’s comic cousin. Maybe even haiku’s sarcastic cousin.
Tap your inner songwriter with today’s poetry prompt, featuring the rondelet poem form, with author Megan Willome.
The diamante poem has a shape that illustrates the connection between opposites. Learn how to write a diamante with this fun explanation + poetry prompt!
The clerihew is a form poem that “has rhyme and attitude.” Learn how to write a clerihew with this fun explanation + poetry prompt!
Form poetry for children? Yes! But also for you, at any age. Writing a poem in form can wake up a sleepy idea and make it bright.
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!
“How to Write a Form Poem” by Tania Runyan is a guide to 10 poetic forms. It also stands as an ode to poetry.
The repetitive rural images of the Lake District provided inspiration for Jill Baumgaertner’s “Cumbria Pantoum.” What will inspire yours?
Think the acrostic poem is too cute? Think again. Join Callie Feyen and Tania Runyan and see how risky the form can be.
Can the villanelle come round again? Poet Richard Pierce responds to Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle with a powerful one of his own.
Ready to travel into the world of form poetry? Join author Callie Feyen as she compares dreaming with writing poetry.
In the first installment of our book club, Tania Runyan introduces The Great Gatsby characters—human and otherwise—and invites readers to a Gatsby sestina.
Form poetry: not just for grad school anymore. Welcome to your guided tour of ‘How to Write a Form Poem,’ by Tania Runyan.
For National Poetry Month, create an ‘I Love Poetry Moment,’ following the example of Ashley M. Jones and the Magic City Poetry Festival.
Far from the girl from Nantucket, this collection of 10 best Limericks from our community features iguanas, a ’74 Barracuda, and a bonus letter from Santa (on Spain).
High school English teacher Joel Jacobson shares his experience teaching a new advanced creative writing class using Tania Runyan’s How to Write a Poem. (Features student poems.)
Feeling compelled to write a rondeau? Let our fun Rentrement of Compulsion infographic help get you started and learn how to write a rondeau poem.
The Tweetspeak Team has bundled up our sugar plums and mistletoe, readying ourselves for that snowy trip over the river and through the woods to whomever’s house we are thinking to go. Enjoy the 12 Days of Form Poetry, Poetry Prompts and Playlists while we’re away.
Sandra Heska King concludes her “Dreaming with Darwish” poetry dare, reflecting on the ways the dreams, and poems, will stay with her.
We invite you to respond to the poems we’ll share here—their forms, images, sounds, meanings, surprises. Up today? A sestina.