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Deborah Guzzi travels for inspiration: China, Nepal [during the civil war], Japan, Egypt [two weeks before ‘The Arab Spring’], and most recently Peru. First published at the age of sixteen, she writes articles for Massage and Aroma Therapy Magazines. Her poetry has been accepted in the Literary Journals of Western CT. University, Inclement Magazine, Pyrokinections, Jellyfish Whispers, Grey Wolf’s Summer Legends Anthology, The Germ, Wilderness Literary Review, The Anthology Sweet Dreams & Night Terrors, Bitterzoet Magazine, haiku journal, Contemporary Haibun Online, Bella on line, The Autumn Sound, Eskimo Pie, and Ribbons, The Inwood Indiana Review, Five Poetry, Tanka Society of America Journal, and 50 haiku. She has published two illustrated volumes of poetry, The Healing Heart and Heaven and Hell in a Nutshell.

So Many Forms SO Little Time

Blog Posted:4/22/2013 7:19:00 PM
Off and on we have these discussions of Poetry forms, I wrote for most of my life in, what I would now call Free Verse, but for years I had NO IDEA. Here it was my poem, my creation and was wasn't literate enough to even know it was a Couplet or a Qutrain LOL. I just wrote. Writers just write, we don't need to know what it's called, we need to get IT OUT! However, everytime I was asked "What kind of poetry I wrote?" I felt stupid, for in truth I had no idea. NOW, that did not make what I wrote bad..and it certainly did not make it good, what it did do is display my ignorance of the ART to the person asking.

The learning of forms, and poetic vocabulary is needed. It is needed BECAUSE it gives poets a language to communicate with so we can understand each other. This is true of all skills, every skill has its own list of words, labels etc. which folks within that craft use to assist each other with. Each form that has stood the test of time has done so because the PATTERN ..reinforced an affect. People responded with emotion to the form. Forms give a poet an expanded tool box. We still write when the adrenaline rushes, yet, if one knows a dozen forms ... the writing will TELL YOU what form it wants to be.

Here are a list of new forms or genre's I have not learned:

Beat Poetry:

Persona Poetry:

Persona poems are poems written from a perspective other than your own. You use your imagination to enter the world of another character. You can write a persona poem from the perspective of a friend, an enemy, a relative, a pet, a celebrity, a historical figure, a character from literature or you can make up a character of your own.

The basis or a persona poem is a change in point-of-view. You aren’t just writing about another character, you are writing as if you were that other character. You try to think like that character. You imagine that character’s thoughts, actions, skills and limitations. You try to capture the world in which that character lives and you portray it as if you were that character.

This is a style of poetry that is heavily influenced by fiction. You leave behind your point of view and take on another. You try to bring a character to life and make that character interesting to your readers. It can be challenging, but also freeing. You are given the chance to change your style, tone and perspective, at least for the length of one poem.

Adding a fictional layer to your poetry allows you to address issues you can’t comfortably express as yourself. Persona poems can be an excellent method for dealing with personal issues that are too close for you to write about from your own perspective. Persona poems also can be a great way to explore your feelings about an social or personal issue by looking at it from the other side. What would the person on the other side of the issue say to you?

Slip Stream Poetry:

Minamalist Poetry:

Bizarro Poetry: 

Prose Poetry:

Can you find any definitions or instructions on how to write this type of poetry?

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  1. Date: 4/29/2013 5:26:00 PM
    Oh, PS --- another cool form is urban poetry which uses extremely loose rhyme, very very current, noveau!

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  1. Date: 4/29/2013 5:24:00 PM
    I can easily slip into personna poetry. Because I write fiction. I had no idea that this was considered a "form," but I do wonder how it can be considered a form, as I could write a personna sonnet (done it often) a personna free verse, a... well, you get the idea. Interesting blog, sis. Gotta fly only had a moment.

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  1. Date: 4/25/2013 8:48:00 PM
    Debbie: I love you Blog on Forms as I have a similar Philosophy. I will look up these forms you have mentioned. Thanks also for an interesting contest in the Metamorph. I am sure the results have demonstrated a great deal in what we can achieve just by changing the form of a poem.

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  1. Date: 4/24/2013 6:04:00 AM
    Thank you Su, I can see not everyone is interested in learning because they seem to associate it with failing, the only failing is in not trying, there are NO foolish questions and no perfect answers!

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  1. Date: 4/24/2013 12:06:00 AM
    BTW I love your summery: "The learning of forms...." If someone does not get this now, he/she never will. Love, Su

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  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:11:00 AM
    Also what kind of a farmer would it be who didn't know the names of the crops he was selling? Sure, the apple MIGHT still be sweet but if he tried to sell you an apple and handed you a pear would you bother coming back to the farm stand?

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/24/2013 12:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My point exactly. I do not wish to pick a haiku in the list of poems offered and stumble upon a free verse of 20 lines.... lol We are one on this topic :-)
  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:09:00 AM
    LOL yes poets are full of confusion that's how we write such interesting gobble-de-gook, I think [there I GO!] poetry isn't as much about telling what one thinks as SHOWING what one FEELS

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This reminds me of letters which a cousin of mine used to receive from her boyfriend while he was on combat duty (years ago). He used to "write" letters with mostly drawings, peppered with a few words. He said that he drew better than write... They eventually got married and "lived happily ever after". His chosen career: He become an architect of renown.
  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:31:00 PM
    500 poetry forms: In conclusion - another useful site (and check out the Home page):

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:24:00 PM
    All, except "Bizarro" are covered in various articles on the internet. I will get back to you re the "500 poetry forms".... As far as "Bizzaro" is concerned: there seems to be a bit of confusion as to what exactly this form of poetry entails:

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:06:00 PM
    Thank you Debbie for a most interesting blog. When I wrote "Lonely" I did not know that there was a name for that kind of poetry device, nl Persona (which is a litterary term, rather than a poetry form). Hence me having to explain that it was an observed scene.... It sure makes life easier if we can identify our work. Regarding the list above: I think it was one of the new poets here on PS who had blogged about the difference between Prose Poetry and related forms. I like experimenting with new forms. I will see if I can find the website which I had stumbled upon in the past where they list 500 poetry forms and their description and get back to you with the link... Love, Su

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    Richards Avatar Suzette Richards Date: 4/22/2013 11:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is the subject of my blog today: A POET NEEDS TO BE OBSERVANT - link:

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