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.
How to Write a Rondelet
Tap your inner songwriter with today’s poetry prompt, featuring the rondelet poem form, with author Megan Willome.
How to Write a Diamante
The diamante poem has a shape that illustrates the connection between opposites. Learn how to write a diamante with this fun explanation + poetry prompt!
Teacher Stories—My First Villanelle (Thank You, How to Write a Form Poem!)
So much is changing—has changed—in this world. Rebecca D. Martin finds a deep leaving-truth in her first villanelle and her first experience as a teacher.
Poetry Prompt: Peonies on How To Open Up
Join author Callie Feyen as she explores what it means to open ourselves up in this world. Just like the peonies.
Triolet, Rondel, and Rondelet: Variation is the Spice of Life
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!
Poet-a-Day: Meet Monica Sharman
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.
An Ode to Poetry: “How to Write a Form Poem” by Tania Runyan
“How to Write a Form Poem” by Tania Runyan is a guide to 10 poetic forms. It also stands as an ode to poetry.
Poet-a-Day: Meet John Drury
What are the challenges and opportunities of the ghazal? John Drury explores the answers with you, in the rain…
How to Write a Form Poem: Hear the Poets Read!
Whether you’re teaching or learning, you’ll love being able to hear the poets read from ‘How to Write a Form Poem.’ Plus, see their regional items!
Poet-a-Day: Meet Jill Baumgaertner
The repetitive rural images of the Lake District provided inspiration for Jill Baumgaertner’s “Cumbria Pantoum.” What will inspire yours?
Poet-a-Day: Meet Todd C. Truffin
A soccer coach inspiring a villanelle? It could happen. (Indeed, it did, in this villanelle from Todd C. Truffin.)
Poet-a-Day: Meet Janet Aalfs
A lost red button calls out to become an ode for a wider memory in Janet Aalfs’ touching poem about her mother and more.
Poetry Prompt: Choose Risk Over Cuteness —The Acrostic Poem
Think the acrostic poem is too cute? Think again. Join Callie Feyen and Tania Runyan and see how risky the form can be.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Richard Pierce
Can the villanelle come round again? Poet Richard Pierce responds to Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle with a powerful one of his own.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Barbara Crooker
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.
Poetry Prompt: A spiral staircase, anxiety, and the sestina
Join Callie Feyen and walk a spiral staircase with Tania Runyan, poet and author of “How to Write a Form Poem,” in order to understand the sestina.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Elise Paschen
Elise Paschen shows us how it’s all about teleutons if you want your mysterious possibility in your sestina.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Marjorie Maddox
Why write a pantoum? Poet Marjorie Maddox shares her reasons, on the wings of poetry and song.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Celia Lisset Alvarez
Why write a sestina? Direct from Florida, poet Celia Lisset Alvarez gives you a few fabulous reasons.