January 2, 2011

Poem: New Year’s 2011

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — crcb @ 1:40 am
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New Year’s 2011

It’s time to stick twelve knives in the old guy,
drain blood from bad lusts, burn husks of habit,
drape hopeful names over the new-crowned self:
Me the Active, the Temperate, the Brave–
honors I will drop, deed by same old deed.

About the form

The form of this poem is one I invented, and call the lipquin — for lipogrammatic quintain. The rules:

  1. Five lines
  2. Each line has the same number of syllables
  3. Line 1 cannot contain the letter “a”
  4. Line 2 cannot contain the letter “e”
  5. Line 3 cannot contain the letter “i”
  6. Line 4 cannot contain the letter “o”
  7. Line 5 cannot contain the letter “u”



September 8, 2010

Why I don’t write 5-7-5 haiku

Filed under: Poetry,Writing — crcb @ 11:31 pm
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Why I don’t write 5-7-5 haiku

Sometimes, to get the
right number of syllables,
one must pad sometimes.

At other times one
must omit expected words
for it come out right.

Of course, I write 5-7-5 poems, but they’re usually not haiku. The 5-7-5 poem (or stanza) has become a vehicle for epigrams in English, and it’s well suited for that.

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