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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Writing Exercise - The Lanturne Poem


 by Ashley Lister

I’m keeping it short this month. I’ve got a book release on July 7th and a launch party on July 10th. Raven and Skull is my first foray into horror and, so far, I’m enjoying good reviews. (If you’re interested in finding out more about Raven and Skull, please check it out on Amazon).

Because of this release and launch, I’m running round in a haze of marketing and promotion that’s not giving me two full minutes to think about poetry. Therefore, I thought it would be fun here this month to look at a very short syllabic form: the lanturne poem.

one
finger
deep inside
then another
Yes!

The lanturne poem is a five line syllabic form that follows the structure of 1, 2, 3, 4, 1. The idea is that a finished lanturne poem should look like a lantern. I like this one because it’s so succinct. The limited number of syllables forces a very strict use of language and there’s no scope for waffle.

Kiss:
your lips
against mine
tongues intertwined
and…

…more
urgent
hands explore
flesh touches flesh
and…

…then
bodies
together
followed by a
kiss

As always, I look forward to seeing your poems in the comments box below.


4 comments:

  1. Looks easy. Maybe deceptively so!

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    1. Yes. deceptively easy. Can't wait to see what you produce.

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  2. I
    want to
    flicker my
    tongue against your
    ear

    but
    I don't
    know how to
    centre the words
    (oops!)

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  3. Martin - love this for two reasons:

    1 - it's a fun poem that's well structured and entertaining.

    2 - I now know that you pronounce 'ear' as a single syllable (eer), unlike some of my friends who pronounce it as two (ee-arr).

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