Onda Mel

I found a few invented forms which appear to be exclusive to The Study and Writing of Poetry; American Women Poets Discuss Their Craft, 1983. The book is a collection of essays from 50 American women poets, each essay provides insights into a multitude of topics from poetic genres, stanzaic forms, to writing techniques. This book provided some addition insights and background information on several stanzaic forms that I thought I had researched fully. I liked this book, it pays attention to the details.

• The Onda Mel is an invented verse form introduced by Renelda Gibson.

The Onda Mel is:
○ an octastich, a poem in 8 lines made up of 2 quatrains.
○ syllabic, 8-4-4-8-8-4-4-8 syllables per line.
○ rhymed abbacddc.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=2008#anna
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example poem

Attractions Speak Louder than Words (Onda Mel)

Curves and kisses excite and please
especially when
now and again
girls and women entice and tease.
Thoughtful females have always known
that a short skirt
worn by a flirt
beats waiting by the telephone.

© Lawrencealot – August 17, 2014


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Onda Mel