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
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