Incremental Poetry

Exploring new forms one line at a time…

This is sort of a sampler of the hundreds of forms I have come across. Some are limited to the line length specified while others are merely useful for that length. The links below take you to poems I have written in these forms. These are not tutorials per se, nor were they presented as challenges. But I have included them here because for each of them I gave a brief explanation of the form so that you may write one of your own, if you feel so inclined.

  • 1 Line ~ “A Portion of Pain” ~ 6-Word Memoir
  • 2 Lines ~ “Summer Morning”Doha
  • 3 Lines ~ “Garden Spider” ~ Brevette
  • 4 Lines ~ “An Old Woman” ~ Modified nursery rhyme
  • 5 Lines“The Cat Stole My Socks” ~ Emmett
  • 6 Lines“Friend”Double Acrostic
  • 7 Lines ~ “Loneliness” ~ Pleiades
  • 8 Lines ~ “The Messenger” ~ The Abercrombie
  • 9 Lines ~ “Rainy Day”Amaranth
  • 10 Lines ~ “Blest Be the Tie”Egg Timer
  • 11 Lines ~ “Without You”Shoe Laces
  • 12 Lines ~ “I Wish to Be”Rondine
  • 13 Lines ~ “Transitory”Chaucerian Roundel
  • 14 Lines ~ “Stowaway”Word Sonnet
  • 15 Lines ~ “By the Waters”Compound Word Verse
  • 16 Lines ~ “Eyewitness” Domino Rhyme
  • 17 Lines ~ “The Freedom to Live”Lucubration
  • 18 Lines ~ “The Spur of Love”Rhyming Wave
  • 19 Lines ~ “Soothing Sounds”Terzanelle
  • 20 Lines ~ “Bells Tolled High”The Balance
  • 21 Lines ~ “Art” ~ Diminishing Hexaverse
  • 22 Lines ~ “By Design” ~ Chain of Abolition
  • 23 Lines ~ “The Way Up” ~ Daisy Chain
  • 24 Lines ~ “A Christmas Promise” ~ Couplet Chain
  • 25 Lines ~ “I Was Not There” ~ Free Verse
  • 26 Lines ~ “The Alphabet of Our Love” ~ Alpha Beta
  • 27 Lines ~ “No Regrets” ~ Quintina
  • 28 Lines ~ “Heaven’s Air”Ballade Stanza
  • 29 Lines ~ “The Charge”Blind Rhyme/Hidden Rhyme
  • 30 Lines ~ “Invasion”Streambed’s Ripple
  • 31 Lines ~ “Eat”Monololiquie
  • 32 Lines ~ “The Dreamer”The Gemstone
  • 33 Lines ~ “And I Still Dream”Forlorn Suicide
  • 34 Lines ~ “Duke”Arkquain Swirl
  • 35 Lines ~ “Traveling Thoughts”Mad Cow
  • 36 Lines ~ “Carry On”Arkquain String
  • 37 Lines ~ “Ham and Swiss on Rye”Parallelismus Membrorum
  • 38 Lines ~ “Together in the Distance”Waltz Wave
  • 39 Lines ~ “A Mob of Drops”Sestina
  • 40 Lines ~ “Hands That See”Paulo Ludibrium Comitato
  • 41 Lines ~ “Lost”Dinggedicht or Object Poem
  • 42 Lines ~ “Vulnerability”The Stephens
  • 43 Lines ~ “To Leave the Pain Behind”Puente
  • 44 Lines ~ “The Color of Sky”Cyclone
  • 45 Lines ~ “Secret Strength” ~ Okaloosa
  • 46 Lines ~ “Anticipation” ~ Rhyming Wave
  • 47 Lines ~ “Game” ~ Reversing Ripple
  • 48 Lines ~ “When We First Embraced” ~ Terza Rima
  • 49 Lines ~ “I Find You in the Stillness” ~ Tuanortsa
  • 50 Lines ~ “Entwined”Entwined
  • 51 Lines ~ “Rainy Day” ~ Caccia
  • 52 Lines ~ “Give Me Skies of Blue”Septina
  • 53 Lines ~ “Look and Live”Didactic
  • 54 Lines ~ “Magic Moments” ~ Paiku
  • 55 Lines ~ “So Leaf Subsides” ~ Rhaiku
  • 56 Lines ~ “Celebration” ~ Rubaiyat
  • 57 Lines ~ “The Bigger Man” ~ Villanelle Chain
  • 58 Lines ~ “Ramblings of a Lunatic” ~ Reverse Word
  • 59 Lines ~ “Dreamers”Cento
  • 60 Lines ~ “Until Death” ~ Licentia Rhyme
  • 61 Lines ~ “The Greatest Way to Learn”Line Messaging
  • 62 Lines ~ “No Greater Love” ~ Raccontino
  • 63 Lines ~ “My Yellow Garden” ~ The Swinburne
  • 64 Lines ~ “Teach Me to Wait”A’larora
  • 65 Lines ~ “A Walk in the Woods”Double Ballade Supreme
  • 66 Lines ~ “I Cannot Fear Death” ~ Mathnawi
  • 67 Lines ~ “Lost Twice” ~ Dinggedicht
  • 68 Lines ~ “Figures in the Snow”Ocarina
  • 69 Lines ~ “Waiting”Free Verse
  • 70 Lines ~ “The Cynic and the Sage”Argonelles
  • 71 Lines ~ “So Long”Atarlis Fileata
  • 72 Lines ~ “Winter’s Storm” ~ Cascade
  • 73 Lines ~ “Love Story”Atrina
  • 74 Lines ~ “Nothing New”Forward/Backward Poetry
  • 75 Lines ~ “Redemption”Sydney’s Double Sestina
  • 76 Lines ~ “I Didn’t Know”English Ballet
  • 77 Lines ~ “Experimental Poetry” ~ Augmented Monometric
  • 78 Lines ~ “The Boy and His Dog”Opie Poem
  • 79 Lines ~ “From Beginning to End” ~ Reversed Monometric
  • 80 Lines ~ “”Swinburn Decastich
  • 81 Lines ~ “”Lilibonelle
  • 82 Lines ~ “”Heroic Couplet Chain
  • 83 Lines ~ “”Spenserian Stanza with Heroic Couplet
  • 84 Lines ~ “” ~ Novina
  • 85 Lines ~ “”Lucubration Chain
  • 86 Lines ~ “”Alpha Couplets
  • 87 Lines ~ “”Denturn with Crystalline
  • 88 Lines ~ “”Slide Ballad
  • 89 Lines ~ “” ~ Monody
  • 90 Lines ~ “”Triple Streambed’s Ripple
  • 91 Lines ~ “”Rhyme Royal
  • 92 Lines ~ “”Trifrain
  • 93 Lines ~ “” ~ Dixdeux
  • 94 Lines ~ “”Silva de Consonantes
  • 95 Lines ~ “”Blank Verse
  • 96 Lines ~ “”Lakelet
  • 97 Lines ~ “”Skeltonic Verse
  • 98 Lines ~ “”Triquain Chain
  • 99 Lines ~ “”Andaree
  • 100 Lines ~ “” ~ Blitz
  • 104 Lines ~ “” ~ Gregory’s Refrain
  • 105 Lines ~ “”Dectina
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