Udit Bhatia invented cascade poetry in 2007. This relatively new style of poetry got its name because it should flow down the page in a waterfall effect. The poem’s structure is simple and relies on the refrain to create the cascading rhythm. The magic of these poems centers around the refrain. The unmetered poems vary in theme depending on the poet’s desire. The only rule used when writing a cascade is that all the lines in the first paragraph are repeated at the ends of every stanza that follows. I will call this cascade poem Trouble in the Heartland.
Structure of a cascade poem and Trouble in the Heartland
The first stanza has three lines.
- The lines are represented as ABC.
- The first line ends with line A.
- The second line ends with Line B.
- The third line ends with line C.
I had written this form of poetry before and had fun with it. I plan to start the month of March using this style. The length of the stanza can vary. There is no rule about sticking to three lines. The thing to remember is that the longer the stanza, the more complicated the poem.
Trouble in the Heartland The town hall meeting last night on my television Angry Hoosiers shouting about toxic waste. Transported from a train wreck in Ohio And poison secretly dumped in a local landfill Company people without any vision Attempting not to answer questions in haste Oh-me-oh-my-oh The town hall meeting last night on my television. I guess they were getting a little taste. Of their own medicine and tension Trying to stick to the company bio Angry Hoosiers shouting about toxic waste. Lying lips with nowhere to go Afraid of losing their pension Weaving answers from paste Transported from a train wreck in Ohio To all the politicians on Capitol Hill The reason you lost the heartland can be traced To a small town in Indiana and a town hall meeting And poison secretly dumped in a local landfill.
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