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Poetry: Rhyming

| June 29, 2020

When I first started writing poetry as an adult, meter was one of the hardest things for me to get my head around. After some practice, though, I’ve gotten better at it. Now the big stumper for me is rhyming, but I’m learning how to better use that in poetry as well. I’ve gotten some […]

New Haiku at Frozen Wavelets!

| June 25, 2020

I’ve got a new haiku in the latest issue of Frozen Wavelets. You can find it in the Sparse Wavelets section. I don’t write a lot of haiku, but this was one of a handful I wrote one day. This makes the third one to be published!

Coming in August: What If I’m a Merfolk?

| June 23, 2020

I spent May writing poetry for Mermay, which resulted in a bunch of new merfolk-themed poems. I’m teaming those up with a few other merfolk-themed poems and short stories, and collecting them as What If I’m a Merfolk? I don’t have my cover art yet, or I’d be sharing that today. Instead, I can tell you […]

Poetry Forms: Nonet

| May 4, 2020

The nonet is a simple poetry form, in terms of the rules. It’s a nine line poem in which the first line has nine syllables. Each subsequent line has one less syllable, with the final line being only a single syllable. There are no rules about rhyming or any other bits of meter except for […]

Two New Poems Out Recently

| April 16, 2020

I’ve got two new poems out recently, one of which you can read online! “To the Underworld” was published in issue 74 of Abyss and Apex. It’s a Cascade poem that is loosely tied to Persephone. “Schrodinger’s Tardigrades” was published in issue 43.1 of Star*Line. It’s my response to learning that there are tardigrades (aka water bears) […]

Poetry Forms: Acrostic

| April 6, 2020

Acrostic poems are a fairly simple form–you spell out a word with the first letter of each line of your poem. But there are variations that can make the form more fun! What if both the first letter of each line and the last letter of each line spell out two different words, or if […]

Poetry Forms: Cento

| March 9, 2020

The cento is a fun poetry form to play with, because it’s all about borrowing lines from other poems and turning them into something new. It’s a form of found poetry, a bit like a patchwork quilt. It can be a fun way to mix together a handful of similarly themed poems, or to take […]

Poetry Forms: Haiku and Senryu

| February 10, 2020

Haiku is a poetry form that many people learned as early as grade school, when it was very simply defined as “three lines, with five, seven, and five syllables.” And while that is the format of a haiku, it’s not exactly what a haiku would be in Japanese. One of the major differences is the […]

Two New Poems Out!

| January 21, 2020

I have two new poems out this past week! “Play with Us,” a poem that tells the story of interspecies interaction in connection with a sport, is at Eye to the Telescope. This was one of the poems I write during August of this past year, as part of Write Like You’re Alive 2019. “Motes and […]

Poetry Forms: Glosa

| January 13, 2020

The glosa or glose is known as a Spanish form, though I haven’t been able to find any information about its origins other than it being a medieval Spanish form. The basic rules are simple: take a quatrain (four lines) from another poem, and use each of those lines as the final line in a […]