For years I’ve carried a little card in my wallet with the rhyme schemes for some of the basic poetic forms. Now, with the e-reader option, it’s much easier to carry around more than just the rhyme scheme. This guide is designed to make it easy for you to have the forms at the ready whenever you want to refer to them. If you share my personal goal of writing more and better poems, this little guide will help you do just that. The Guide includes the ‘rules’ for writing poems in basic forms such as the villanelle, sonnet and more, as well as less frequently used forms such as the pantoum. It focuses on carefully selected forms that are most useful for both the experienced and beginner poet.
Charlie Rossiter, NEA Fellowship recipient and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, hosts the audio website poetrypoetry.com. He is the author of four books of poetry and numerous chapbooks. His work has been featured on NPR, and at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in NJ. He was among a handful of poets chosen to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2005. His latest book, is All Over America: Road Poems, (FootHills Publications, 2009). He also authored The Night We Danced With the Raelettes, a memoir in poetry of his college days in the late 1960’s (FootHills, 2007). For more info: www.charlierossiter.comread more
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