We’ve moved into June, and I need a poetry style that starts with the letter F. I’ve decided to write Free verse Poems. Writing Free Verse Poems for an entire month frightens me because they lack meter, rhythm, and form. Sometimes a person needs these guidelines to keep them honest. What makes a poem a poem if there is no way to define it as a poem? The only way to start the party is to run my finger over the keys and see what pops up on the computer screen. I will call this poem Small Town at the End of the World
First, let’s explore the characteristics of Free Verse Poetry and Small Town at the End of the World
1) Candace and flow
2) The built on the language of the poet
3) Non-uniform lines and stanzas
4) Experience with space
5) Prosaic Qualities
6) Concise Imagery
It appears free verse isn’t as rudderless as I first thought. My poetry writing challenge in June could get exciting. It’s time to read Small Town at the End of the World.
Small Town at the End of the World Searchers on a dark horse On a highway, we glade. Past red barns waiting to be filled With grain not yet grown Corn sprouts poking out of the ground. Out into the country past the city limits sign To a place where life moves slow And politics don’t matter much. Farmers sat at a liar’s table Talking about crops and cancer And high school sports teams They survived Vietnam, But pancreatic cancer will get them in the end. That’s how the story goes In a one stop light town Located somewhere at the end of the world.
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