I intensely dislike people who think poems have to be a certain way. Now, a specific type of poem has rules about meter, rhyme, stanza length, etc – a sonnet is different from a haiku, which is different from a sestina, because of these rules. That doesn’t mean that free verse can’t be challenging. This poem, however, had very little revision compared to my usual process.

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It’s not bothering with meter

or even trying to rhyme

Any pattern’s accidental

but it’s still a poem

It’s not describing a lofty ideal


or beautiful scenery

but it’s still a poem

It’s trying to speak to you

but you have to decide what it is

and what it isn’t

It’s a poem

because I said so

and I wrote it

so I should know.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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