In The Beginning…

In the beginning, there was slime. And out of the slime evolved a more advanced life form. It developed a way to communicate. It gave things names. This sophisticate made noises that sounded similar, and poets were born! We’ve made it this far through perseverance.  Through form. Ok, maybe not through form.


Until now.

One legend of our ilk is Bea Quickly, a personal hero of mine. Conversely, I move Moe Slowly than she. So I welcome you to Moe Slowly’s Form Frenzy! I invite poets to attempt the poetic forms that will be presented here. Each Sunday I will list a calendar of poetic forms for the upcoming week. (You’ll know which forms will be highlighted and give you a chance to prepare something!)

Post your poems here as comments or link to your blogs for the work of the day. Either way, come over and play. It will be wild. It will be crazy. It’s a form frenzy. Even if we are full of crap (we don’t take ourselves too seriously!), please check us out!


WEEK ONE: MONDAY: Minute Poems

The Minute Poem is a rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables (one syllable for each second in a minute).

The Minute is written in strict iambic meter (an un-stressed syllable, followed by a stressed syllable [da-DUM]).  The poem is formatted into 3 quatrains, with syllable counts of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4;  8,4,4,4.  The rhyme scheme is: aabb, ccdd, eeff.

 The theme should describe a finished event – preferably something that can be done in 60 seconds.  It is best suited to light verse – humorous, whimsical, or semi-serious.

The form was created by former Arkansas Poet Laureate,  Verna Lee Hinegardner.

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For the first week we’ll explore the following forms:

MONDAY: Minute Poems

TUESDAY: Tableau Poems



FRIDAY: Florette

SATURDAY: Sevenling

SUNDAY: We Rest! (Hey, I didn’t make that rule! It’s Sunday!)

We will post a new list of poetic forms next Sunday. Join us tomorrow for the Minute Poem form! 

(Did you notice a pattern?)