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Word. Wordwordword

What we see on Facebook.
Someone I follow noted that his poem had just gone live on the journal Eclectica. I looked, and liked what I saw. One of their features is the Word Poem.

They offer an occasional four-word prompt.

The words for the next issue (deadline September 1) are:

name, domestic, nothing, and summon

Why the heck not? Write your poem. If it turns out to be good, submit it somewhere. (Eclectica charges $2. A big strike against them. You would, however, be in the running for a prize.)

Prime the Pump

[This is one of my favorite retreads]

“Poem Starting with a Line by _______” is your title.

POEM STARTING WITH A LINE BY ______Look around. Read some New-to-You poetry. I usually begin with the poem-a-day and follow the links for further reading; doesn’t matter how you browse, though. Just look for a line that captures your imagination (and holds its own as a unit of syntax)
That is your first line*. It sets the tone for your poem. You may want to go farther–if you want a little more challenge–and let the length of the line, and possibly its meter, be your template. Just have fun. Let it take you somewhere you wouldn’t go on your own.

(*be sure to cite the source at some point)

Form + (1)

Cascade + Pride and Prejudice
As forms go, the Cascade is a pretty easy-going guy. No counting syllables. No rhymes. Your lines can be any length you like. It’s not jangly with repetition, either—there’s plenty of room between a line’s first appearance  and its second.
I couldn’t explain it more clearly than the folks at Shadow Poetry
Cascade, a form created by Udit Bhatia, is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall. The poem does not have any rhyme scheme; therefore, the layout is simple. Say the first verse has three lines. Line one of verse one becomes the last line of verse two. To follow in suit, the second line of verse one becomes the last line of verse three. The third line of verse one now becomes the last line of verse four, the last stanza of the poem. See the structure example below:a/b/c, d/e/A, f/g/B, h/i/C

To make the Cascade an even longer poem, use more lines in verse one. For example, if verse one has 6 lines, the poem must have seven stanzas so that each line of verse one is reused as a refrain in each following stanza (a cascading effect).
I can offer you a trick, if you have trouble with the obvious way of composing this poem. Forget about Stanza #1 for a while, and write a poem with three three-line stanzas. Take the final line of each stanza and build Stanza 1. You can work back and forth, tinkering, to make the transitions neat.
Just so you don’t have to come up with something entirely out of the blue, think about Pride and Prejudice. You can use the characters, the situation, anything. Even only one of the three words in the title.

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