Looney for Lunes …

Ahhhh … Today’s poetry lesson boasts simplicity. We’re looking at a creation by poet Robert Kelly. His frustrations with the way haikus were mistreated led him to form his own version, known as the lune. It gets its name from resembling a crescent πŸŒ™ moon, and is also known as “the American Haiku.” There are no rules, i.e. the nature or seasonal rule hoisted high in the often times misrepresented haiku. Nope. There are 13 syllables, typically broken into 5/3/5 on three lines. You can rhyme, break in mid thought, or just have a poetic free for all. Fun stuff, right? This is my treat for those of you who come knocking at my door the Halloween πŸ‘»… I’ve attached a link for deeper insight. I learned about them from a post by an awesome game designer and poet, the amazing Lester Smith. You can read his information as well …

Also, make a pledge to his latest Halloween anthology, a collection of short horror stories and Halloween poems, with many contributors centering on the lunes, Mr. Smith’s favorite poetry format outside of the sonnet. And its title? Lupine Lunes, of course! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lestersmith/lupine-lunes-horror-poems-and-short-stories

Here are the other links mentioned …

Poetic Form: Lune

Poetic Forms: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Lunes

Let’s try some lunes with spooky themes, in honor of the season.

Werewolf drooled around
Meaty flesh
Eating; ripping sound

Ghastly ghosts πŸ‘» appear
Spook the weak
Gives the spirits cheer

Vampire wipes her chin
Bloody meal
Left marks on her sleeve

Mummies in their tombs
Shamble round
Moaning pharaoh’s curse

See? Fun, easy, and a welcome break from all the structure I poetically preach. Fill your treat bag with lunes, and while you’re at it, make one for me! Leave it in the comment space below. Happy writing, and most of all, happy πŸŽƒ Halloween!!!img_6306

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Author: jamesmatthewbyers

James Matthew Byers resides in Wellington, Alabama with his wife, kids, a dog named after an elf, and two tortoises. He has been published in poetry journals and through Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, where he received his Master's in 2010. His next epic poem, Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, will be published by Stitched Smile Publications, LLC in late 2017.

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