NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 22

Quatern ("A Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fourth … Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 22

NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 21

Pantoum ("The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAB in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD. The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the … Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 21

NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 20

Ottava Rima ("A Ottava Rima is a poem written in 8-line octives. Each line is of a 10 or 11 syllable count in the following rhyme: one octive poem abababcc; two octive poem abababcc, dededeff; three octive poem abababcc, dededeff, ghghghii...so on and so on") (source) A Lonely Drive That empty road on which I … Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 20

NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 19

Diamante ("A Diamante is a seven-lined contrast poem set up in a diamond shape. The first line begins with a noun/subject, and second line contains two adjectives that describe the beginning noun. The third line contains three words ending in -ing relating to the noun/subject. The forth line contains two words that describe the noun/subject … Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 19

NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 18

Septolet ("The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.") (source) Push and Pull Cold ocean strikes the grainy sand gently. Bitter winds pull strong waves away again. (Yep...this poem is pretty darn … Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 18

My Problem With Fairytale Retellings

This was going to be a review for The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg, but I’ll confess I only got two stories in before I gave up trying to struggle my way through. It’s not that it’s a horrible collection of stories; it’s just bad fairytale retellings. And it got me … Continue reading My Problem With Fairytale Retellings

NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 17

Minute Poetry ("The Minute Poem is rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables written in strict iambic meter. The poem is formatted into 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables. The rhyme scheme is as follows: aabb, ccdd, eeff.") (source) Food A precious gift it is to eat roast duck and beef … Continue reading NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 17