Poem: The Honey Bee: a Fable by Aesop

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Formation: A Night of Poetry. Please enjoy. The Honey-Bee:  a Fable by Aesop There once was a bee in a bonnet, Who was struggling to work out a sonnet; In Eureka she stung! (The sweet poet died young.) Beware the perils of sonnets!

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Poem: There once was an Indian prince…

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Formation: A Night of Poetry. Please enjoy. There once was an Indian prince Who loved to peel and eat quince. “I like to eat fruit and some nice prostitutes. But with them you need a quick rinse.”

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Poem: It would be easy

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Formation: A Night of Poetry. Please enjoy. It would be easy to return to work seduced by material reward to accept another’s dream for money and favor Seduced by material reward I pretend over lunch with friends for money and favor Seeking solace […]

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Haiku

The haiku is one of the best-known poetic forms and certainly the most famous Eastern poetic form. Taught at a primary level in school, the conventions of its modern incarnation are known even to those who do not write or read much poetry. It is one of the forms Jersey City Writers will accept in […]

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The Ghazal

The ghazal — one of the forms that will be considered in this spring’s Jersey City Writers poetry competition — dates back to seventh-century Arabia. As the form flourished in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Persia (Hafiz and Rumi are two well-known Persian writers of ghazals from this period), it can now be found in many languages, […]

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The Pantoum

The pantoum originated in Malaysia in the fifteenth-century as a short folk poem, typically made up of two rhyming couplets that were recited or sung. However, as the pantoum spread and Western writers altered and adapted the form, the importance of rhyming and brevity diminished. The modern pantoum is a poem of any length, composed […]

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The Sonnet

The word sonnet is derived from a word that means “little song” in Italian. Sonnets were originally inspired by Italian folk songs sung by peasants. The songs consisted of octaves (8 lined stanzas), and Giacomo da Lentino, who is credited with the sonnet’s invention, added 6 more lines to the octave to make the sonnet, […]

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The Limerick

A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. […]

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Poets! Let’s Get in Formation!

This spring, Jersey City Writers is focusing on poetic forms for our genre night Formation which will be held on April 26th at Barrow Mansion in Jersey City, NJ. Writing in form sometimes intimidates poets, both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Yet form can often wrench unexpected ingenuity from us. Here’s a quotation on writing […]

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Wingman

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ literary event – Superheroes & Supervillains: A Night of Dynamic Dare-do-well and Dastardly Deeds. Please enjoy. Brendan kept his wings politely folded behind him as he wheeled through the supermarket in his wheelchair. He swore that Carol, the produce lady, was always giving him a dirty look as […]

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