Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How to Keep a Poetry Lover Up Late

 I just got a copy of Lewis Turco's revised and expanded editions of The Book of Forms. It includes odd and invented forms (including me and The Fib on page 214!), and, I gotta say I could read it all night long.

So many forms, so little time!

Anyone have a favorite quirky form? Feel free to leave it in the comments or send me off to it in the Book of Forms itself. So many of these I'd never heard of, and I'm sure I'm missing some great ones.


Ed DeCaria said...

Very interesting book. Thanks for the tip, and congrats on the Fibs entry!

I'm curious to hear your and other people's thoughts on this ... I personally find many (certainly not all) formal poetic forms to be overly highbrow when it comes to writing for kids. That is: all form, no fun.

Paging through this book, do you feel that there are a lot of new forms that would lend themselves well to kid's poetry, or is it more of a needle in a haystack? (Or needle in a small pile of needles as the case may be.)

Thanks, Greg.


Amy L V said...

Thank you, Greg, for this recommendation! And congrats to you on being IN it! I love "Hole/Bowl" by the way. You crack me up. Happy Poetry Saturday - every day is for poetry, right? a.