Tonight’s short form poetry workshop focused on the Crystalline form.
The description we were provided of this form is:
“The Crystalline comprises of two lines of around 17 syllables in total and they may rhyme.”
“A couplet may be “regular” or “irregular” depending upon the symmetry of the lines. A regular couplet’s syllables are distributed 8+9 or 9+8. Other distributions are “irregular” but entirely acceptable but tonight we will concentrate on regular.”
“The grammar (inflections and syntax) of the lines, which usually comprise one or two sentences in a couplet, should be relatively straightforward and natural. Unnaturally abbreviated or telegraphic grammar is to be avoided. The traditional omission of “understood words” is permissible (e.g., “Catch me.” rather than “You catch me.”).”
“A couplet may be “regular” or “irregular” depending upon the symmetry of the lines. A regular couplet’s syllables are distributed 8+9 or 9+8. Other distributions are “irregular” but entirely acceptable.”
“The harmony or beauty of sound that has a pleasing effect to the ear (euphony) is achieved both by the selection of individual word-sounds and also by their relationship in the repetition, proximity, and flow of sound patterns. This is euphony, more important than strict metrics.”
From this, I came up with two poems. The first of which is centered on the state fair.
Crystalline Images of the State Fair by Michael Romani Confluence of the garish and profound The carnivalesque celebration is found Regal princesses in tiaras are crowned Barkers howl like wounded hounds Stuffed bears won from slanted games As sweethearts call their lovers' names A blue ribbon is placed on a prized pie While ladies wink their alluring eye Corn dogs and elephant ears bathe in cotton candy While the strong men fake at being handy (c) August 21, 2018 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved