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Today, I thought I'd introduce you to another of my favorite poem forms, the etheree.

And I will just say this now: Sometimes, when I'm not paying attention, I'll call this the Etheridge poem, because of the similarity of the names. Crazy, I know, but there you go. *g*

The basic format is a 10-line poem with increasing syllables [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]. You can also do these in reverse [10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1], or do a longer poem of multiple stanzas of the etheree, even alternating the forward and reverse versions.

I've only written one so far, so I don't know that any sort of rhyming will work for this format, but give it a shot if you want!


torn paper
litters the floor.
forgotten so soon,
left like so much rubbish.
no one cares how long it took
to find the perfect paper shell.
they strip it away in a mad rush
to reveal the treasure hidden within.

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Date: 2012-03-22 01:57 pm (UTC)
lizcommotion: pink tulips (tulips)
From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
I like that the first word has multiple meanings, because when I first read it I read it as "to bow" even though it took me a moment to readjust, I took that meaning with me. Then it made perfect sense in the context of the last four lines (as though the one who wrapped the present was taking a bow.) So that was pretty cool.

I really like this format, especially because I have trouble remembering the "rules" for a lot of formal poetry and when I'm out and about and want to sit down and write one I forget what I'm supposed to do. So this might be something I could try when I'm out in a coffee shop or something. Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2012-03-22 05:48 pm (UTC)
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alee_grrl
What a fun and fascinating form. Thank you for sharing it.

I love the example poem you post. As [personal profile] lizcommotion points out the multiple meanings of bow add some neat layers to the reading. I love how it unfolds visually much like the unwrapping of a present.

Date: 2012-03-23 01:05 am (UTC)
lnhammer: lo-fi photo of a tall, thin man - caption: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lnhammer
Hmm -- with 40 syllables, it's tempting to try and cross-cut that with 4 rhymed iambic pentameters, but the line breaks work against that and while the first and last rhyming syllables land on the end of a line, the middle two don't. (Marianne Moore's experiments notwithstanding, syllabic meters rarely rhyme well.)


Date: 2012-03-23 11:54 am (UTC)
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (Default)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
glide through
these waters
best swim with speed
far off point of fin
needs no music pounding
heart provides ready soundtrack
compounding fear with frenzied beats
sharks regrow their teeth every two weeks
and these teeth are swiftly closing your lead

Forget rhyming, regular syllabic meters do not come intuitively to me in this format -- I'm all over the place on this front. This is an example of the rhyming scheme though, albeit a bit masked.

Date: 2012-03-23 08:43 pm (UTC)
bookblather: A picture of Yomiko Readman looking at books with the text "bookgasm." (Default)
From: [personal profile] bookblather
I had never heard of this form before this post, but I'm really glad you mentioned it. It's so ordered and yet so freeform; all you have to do is find the right subject and the poem just opens up like a flower. I tried my hand at one here: I'd love to know what you think.

Date: 2012-03-25 04:08 pm (UTC)
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
I've made an etheree for challenge #3. You have inspired me!


poetree: Paper sculpture of bulbuous tree made from strips of book pages (Default)

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