Thursday, July 12, 2018

More FutureLearn Poems

No matter how much
our hearts attempt,
even at a distance,
I see you hurt
because we do not fit.

Keith lives on Young Street,
West of Olympia,
Mudd Bay Freeway
to Steamboat Island.
Drive carefully,
soft shoulders.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thoughts on Rhyme from How to Make a Poem

I have found it fun and helpful to play with rhyme when I am suffering from writer's block. It's like the block occurs because there are too many words from which to choose, creating a blockage in the conscious channel of the mind. By limiting the words to ones that rhyme, the blockage is loosened and flow can be reinstated. Later, it may be desirable to go back and edit out the rhyme if it sounds too cliche, but the rhyme has served a purpose either way. Rhyming seems to allow the mind to drift to a more lyrical, unconscious level where Pete picks a peck of pickled peppers (obviously not a rhyme, but an example of how a little silliness can loosen the death grip our hyper conscious censors wield over our creative efforts.

Futurelearn How to Make a Poem exercise

Why so many?
Because these
of ink
are my tools.

My hammers,
My squares,
My drills
for repairs.

The right tool
for the job...
You say,
with blue collar
makes all the

Cento by Hsintao Chang

Hugged by my plain old wrapper of no-expectation
What falls away is always. And is near

"when you have forgotten Sunday: the love story" By Gwendolyn Brooks

"The Waking" By Theodore Roethke

Compliments of Hsintao Chang
From How to Make a Poem

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Found Poems

Another exercise from How to Make a Poem

Not My Mother's Keeper

Mothers are dying after childbirth
and are all slightly insane
You can't fix your mother

We are all hard-wired for bonding
how strong you are to have made it this far
Mothers are like that, yeah they are


Monday, July 09, 2018

Cento = a poem collage

A cento is a poem that is made from lines of other poems, a poetic collage.

An exercise from the Future Learn free course on How to Make a Poem:

No longer the light of my dream before me
But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought

Shakespeare's "Sonnet 44"
Langston Hughes "As I Grew Older"
Poem collage! How brilliant...I could do this all day long. : )

The thing that really gets me, is how not only are the lines and words of the poem descriptive, but there is an invitation to read the whole of both poems in relation to the selections as well as consider the works and life of the poet's experience in relation to the poem. Layers upon layers of meaning and insight...

Tools for Writers

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

What We See When We Read

by Peter Mendelsund

Described as a phenomenology of reading, I thought it might be interesting to record my impressions here as I am reading the book.

Published in 2014, so not a new title, but new to me and welcome as I am experiencing my own renaissance as reader with a big toe holding open a doorway to the visual arts.

Mendelsund is an artist/designer and visual thinker. The book is as much about processing the images as it is about reading the words.

One of the first questions in the book asks the reader to visualize one of their favorite characters. Then asks us to describe the character.

I found myself wanting to default to the author's appearance or my mind wandered to what the "consensus" version from movies or other predefined images might be out there circulating.

Though when I thought about it later, I conceded that these first impressions were  not what I experienced while reading.

While reading, I am all of the characters. Good and bad. Saintly and wicked. Ugly and beautiful.

So, my answer to your question, Peter, is they look like me. But male, or younger, or another species, bigger, or shorter, wiser, sillier.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Book Riot Cyberpunk List

For anyone that's been reading any of my posts, few and far between as they might be, you know cyberpunk is my favorite genre fiction.

Book Riot List of Literary Memoirs

A well-written memoir can be just the bibliotherapeutic prescription for solace when feeling that it's you against the world. In reading you find, it's you and the author battling many of the same battles, staring down the barrel at many of the same enemies.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Lynda Barry Analog is revoltionary...

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Aspects of the Novel

The novelist E.M. Forster (1927) explains a story is ‘a narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence’ and a plot is ‘also a narrative of events, with the emphasis falling on causality.’ (Forster, E. (1927) Aspects of the Novel, Harmondsworth: Pelican. p. 87.)
For example, ‘The king died, and then the queen died’ is a story. ‘The king died and then the queen died of grief’ is a plot.
This is because there is a reason given for the queen dying. In a story, someone dying is not in itself interesting. It is the reason for the death that fascinates the reader, especially if the reason is connected with something that has happened to, or been done by, another character.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Blank pages

"Remember, sometimes the best inspiration comes after the first few pages."
Gathering information or research.
Visualization: 'Unpacking’ an image, and discovering its significance through writing about it.
Length: Approximate before you write it.
Shape: Dialogue or description? Sections or scenes?"


The schoolroom was full of light, yet a bit worn at the proverbial heels. So many anticipations and expectations thwarted or encouraged in the space of 60 minute intervals, day in, day out. Each student wondering: Will this be mentor? Will this be nemesis? Will this teacher "hold forth" or be an "active learner" along side us? Give me your fresh ideas and enthusiasm, share with me your dreams and aspirations, and I will reach deep inside my soul to find my own. The scuffed and chalky floors, the lack of air conditioning, the noise from down the hall won't matter as I am transported through transference to a mystical, magical place full of pure, shared thought.
I stopped my flow of thought for the umpteenth time that day, hell, more like hour. I knew the words wouldn't be there when I turned back to the page. Well, there would be words, but they would be different. The direction would have shifted slightly and the rhythm would have skipped a beat or two. Perhaps the change would be noticed by the reader, perhaps not, but here was a another destination I would miss, another depot without a connection. Laying tracks requires some degree of privacy, I noted, and sounded the whistle.

Writing and routines

Routine seems antithema to my creative process. However, having a "room of one's own" aka space physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually is paramount. A window in one's mind, from which to survey experience, allows the muse to enter and also allows for the curtains to be drawn when we are not yet ready to reveal or confront what we know.

Free online writing wkshps

FutureLearn Start writing fiction...

So different and yet so much the same as her predecessors, the shy little kitten had become a young feline, strong and agile, full of attitude, replete with studied indifference. I watched her move from cat tree to cat bed to a corner of crumpled covers where I had just been sleeping. As I stretched a hand out to cuddle her, she jumped lithely to the window seat where a bird chattered enticingly, yet comfortably, out of reach.
I lie here propped up with a million pillows, observer of the observing. Her view is limited by a screen and panes of glass; she would not welcome full access even if it were to tasty tweetful feathers. She is a shy and cautious cat, hesitant to accept a caress, hiding at the first sign of infringement on her space. Her favorite spot always wherever I am not.
I yearn to hold her silky soft and purring, feeling the weight of her relaxation as she melts into my lap. But no, her spot is high on my chest, as close to being wrapped around my neck as she once was when a wee fur ball tucked under my chin.
No, now, her big feet with the extra toes, pick the tenderest spot on my chest to plant themselves, whether coming or going from my furtive, stolen embraces.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Obama's 2017 read/play list

During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here's my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.
The best books I read in 2017:
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Grant by Ron Chernow
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
*Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano

My favorite songs of 2017:
Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Bowie's 100 fav reads
David Bowie's Top 100 Must Read Books:
The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz, 2007
The Coast of Utopia (trilogy), Tom Stoppard, 2007
Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945, Jon Savage, 2007
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters, 2002
The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens, 2001
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler, 1997
A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890-1924, Orlando Figes, 1997
The Insult, Rupert Thomson, 1996
Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon, 1995
The Bird Artist, Howard Norman, 1994
Kafka Was The Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir, Anatole Broyard, 1993
Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective, Arthur C. Danto, 1992
Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, Camille Paglia, 1990
David Bomberg, Richard Cork, 1988
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom, Peter Guralnick, 1986
The Songlines, Bruce Chatwin, 1986
Hawksmoor, Peter Ackroyd, 1985
Nowhere To Run: The Story of Soul Music, Gerri Hirshey, 1984
Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter, 1984
Money, Martin Amis, 1984
White Noise, Don DeLillo, 1984
Flaubert’s Parrot, Julian Barnes, 1984
The Life and Times of Little Richard, Charles White, 1984
A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn, 1980
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, 1980
Interviews with Francis Bacon, David Sylvester, 1980
Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler, 1980
Earthly Powers, Anthony Burgess, 1980
Raw (a ‘graphix magazine’) 1980-91
Viz (magazine) 1979 –
The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels, 1979
Metropolitan Life, Fran Lebowitz, 1978
In Between the Sheets, Ian McEwan, 1978
Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, ed. Malcolm Cowley, 1977
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes, 1976
Tales of Beatnik Glory, Ed Saunders, 1975
Mystery Train, Greil Marcus, 1975
Selected Poems, Frank O’Hara, 1974
Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s, Otto Friedrich, 1972
In Bluebeard’s Castle : Some Notes Towards the Re-definition of Culture, George Steiner, 1971
Octobriana and the Russian Underground, Peter Sadecky, 1971
The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll, Charlie Gillete, 1970
The Quest For Christa T, Christa Wolf, 1968
Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock, Nik Cohn, 1968
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov, 1967
Journey into the Whirlwind, Eugenia Ginzburg, 1967
Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr. , 1966
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, 1965
City of Night, John Rechy, 1965
Herzog, Saul Bellow, 1964
Puckoon, Spike Milligan, 1963
The American Way of Death, Jessica Mitford, 1963
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea, Yukio Mishima, 1963
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin, 1963
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, 1962
Inside the Whale and Other Essays, George Orwell, 1962
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark, 1961
Private Eye (magazine) 1961 –
On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious, Douglas Harding, 1961
Silence: Lectures and Writing, John Cage, 1961
Strange People, Frank Edwards, 1961
The Divided Self, R. D. Laing, 1960
All The Emperor’s Horses, David Kidd,1960
Billy Liar, Keith Waterhouse, 1959
The Leopard, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, 1958
On The Road, Jack Kerouac, 1957
The Hidden Persuaders, Vance Packard, 1957
Room at the Top, John Braine, 1957
A Grave for a Dolphin, Alberto Denti di Pirajno, 1956
The Outsider, Colin Wilson, 1956
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1948
The Street, Ann Petry, 1946
Black Boy, Richard Wright, 1945
The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker, 1944
The Outsider, Albert Camus, 1942
The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West, 1939
The Beano, (comic) 1938 –
The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell, 1937
Mr. Norris Changes Trains, Christopher Isherwood, 1935
English Journey, J.B. Priestley, 1934
Infants of the Spring, Wallace Thurman, 1932
The Bridge, Hart Crane, 1930
Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh, 1930
As I lay Dying, William Faulkner, 1930
The 42nd Parallel, John Dos Passos, 1930
Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Döblin, 1929
Passing, Nella Larsen, 1929
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence, 1928
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot, 1922
BLAST, ed. Wyndham Lewis, 1914-15
McTeague, Frank Norris, 1899
Transcendental Magic, Its Doctrine and Ritual, Eliphas Lévi, 1896
Les Chants de Maldoror, Lautréamont, 1869
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, 1856
Zanoni, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1842
Inferno, from the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri, about 1308-1321
The Iliad, Homer, about 800 BC

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Paulo Coelho quotes

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Readers' Advisory Resources (some may be somewhat obscure)

  1. Joseph Gold, Read for Your Life
  2. Joseph Gold, The Story Species
  3. As Ross, McKechnie, and Rothbauer observe, “Library staff, in particular, have a gut feeling that reading is a Good Thing and that libraries should play—and do play—a vital role in promoting it. But library staff members often find it hard to explain why.” Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Lynne E. F. McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer, Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals About Reading, Libraries, and Community (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006), ix.
  4. Begum, “Readers’ Advisory and Underestimated Roles.”
  5. Beard and Thi-Beard, “Rethinking the Book.”
  6. Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Lynne E. F. McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer, Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals About Reading, Libraries, and Community (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006), ix.
  7. Orr, Crash Course in Readers’ Advisory.
  8. Bill Crowley, “‘Taught at the University on a Higher Plane Than Elsewhere’: The Graduate Education of Readers’ Advisors,” in The Readers’ Advisor’s Companion, edited by Kenneth D. Shearer and Robert Bergin (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2001), 27–58.
  9. Crowley, “Time to Rethink Readers’ Advisory Education?”
  10. Dali, “Readers’ Advisory,” 376.
  11. Moyer, “Learning From Leisure Reading.”
  12. Keren Dali, “How We Missed the Boat: Reading Scholarship and the Field of LIS,” New Library World 116, no. 9/10 (2015): 480.
  13. Orr, Crash Course in Readers’ Advisory.
  14. David Wright, “Readers’ Advisory Interview,” in Research-Based Readers’ Advisory, edited by Jessica E. Moyer (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2008), 154–71.
  15. Wayne A. Wiegand, “Missing the Real Story: Where Library and Information Science Fails the Library Profession,” in The Readers’ Advisor’s Companion, editd by Kenneth D. Shearer and Robert Bergin (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2001): 7–14.
  16. Connie Van Fleet, “Education for Readers’ Advisory Service in Library and Information Science Programs: Challenges and Opportunities,” Reference & User Services Quarterly 47, no. 3 (2008): 224–29.
  17. Orr, “Dynamics of Reader’s Advisory Education.”
  18. Jessica E. Moyer, “Learning From Leisure Reading: A Study of Adult Public Library Patrons,” Reference & User Services Quarterly 46, no. 4 (2007): 66–79.
  19. Dali, “Hearing Stories, Not Keywords.”
  20. Jessica E. Moyer and Terry L. Weech, “The Education of Public Librarians to Serve Leisure Readers in the United States, Canada and Europe,” New Library World 106, no. 1/2 (2005): 67–79.
  21. Barry Trott makes this case in “Building on a Firm Foundation”: “The 1980s saw three major events that re-established the value of working with readers: the publication of the first edition of Genreflecting under the editorship of Betty Rosenberg (1982); the establishment of the Chicago-area Adult Reading Roundtable (ARRT) (1984); and the publication of the first edition of Readers’ Advisory Service in the Public Library by Joyce Saricks and Nancy Brown (1989)” (Reference and User Services Quarterly 48, no. 2 (2008): 132–35).
  22. Cindy Orr, “Dynamics of Reader’s Advisory Education.”
  23. Duncan Smith, email message to author, March 23, 2015.
  24. Neil Hollands and Jessica E. Moyer, “The Future of Readers’ Advisory,” in Research-Based Readers’ Advisory, edited by Jessica E. Moyer (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2008), 242–60.
  26. Ackroyd, Peter. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.  Riverdale, NJ: Universe, 2006.
  27. Adamson, Lynda G. American Historical Fiction: An Annotated Guide to Novels for Adults and Young Adults.  Phoenix: Oryx, 1998.
  28. Adamson, Lynda G. World Historical Fiction: An Annotated Guide to Novels for Adults and Young Adults.  Phoenix: Oryx, 1998.
  29. Adamson, Lynda G.  Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction.  Westport, CT:  Greenwood, 2006.
  30. Ahlvers, Alicia.  “Older Adults and Readers’ Advisory.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly 45(4) (Summer 2006): 305-312.
  31. Alpert, Abby.  “Incorporating Nonfiction into Readers’ Advisory Services.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly, 46(1) (Fall 2006): 25-32.
  32. Alsop, Derek., and Chris Walsh.  The Practice of Reading: Interpreting the Novel.  New York: St, Martin’s Press, 1999.
  33. Altner, Patricia. Vampire Readings: an Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1998. 
  34. Arozena, Steven. Best Books for Public Libraries: the 10,000 Top Fiction and Nonfiction Titles (1965-1991). New York: Bowker, 1992. 
  35. Aue, Pamela Willwerth and Henry Carrigan.  What Inspirational Literature Do I Read Next?  Detroit: Gale, 2000.
  36. Balcom, Ted., ed. Serving Readers. Fort Atkinson, WI: Highsmith, 1997. 
  37. Balcom, Ted.  Book Discussions for Adults: A Leader’s Guide.  Chicago, ALA, 1992.
  38. Bailey, Dale.  American Nightmares: The Haunted House Formula in American Popular Fiction.  Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1999.
  39. Baker, Sharon L.  Responsive Public Library Collection:  How to Develop and Market A Winning Collection.  2nd ed.  Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2002.
  40. Barbuto, Domenica M., and Martha Kreisel.  Guide to Civil War Books: An Annotated Selection of Modern Works on the War Between the States.  Chicago, ALA, 1995.
  41. Barron, Neil., ed.  Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction.  5th ed.  New York:  Bowker, 2004.
  42. Barron, Neil., ed.  Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Historical Guide to Literature, Illustration, Film, TV, Radio, and the Internet.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 1999.
  43. Barron, Neil., ed.  Horror Literature: A Reader’s Guide.  New York: Garland, 1990.
  44. Barron, Neil et al., eds.  What Do I Read Next?  A Reader’s Guide to Current Genre Fiction.  Detroit: Gale, 1990-
  45. Barron, Neil., ed.  What Historical Fiction Do I Read Next?  2nd ed.  Detroit: Gale, 1999.
  46. Barton, Wayne.  What Western Do I Read Next?  2nd ed.  Detroit: Gale, 1999.
  47. Beard, David and Kate Vo Thi-Beard.  “Rethinking the Book: New Theories for Readers’ Advisory.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly  47(4) (Summer 2008): 331-335.
  48. Behler, Anne.  “Getting Started with Graphic Novels: A Guide for the Beginner.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 46(2) (Winter 2006): 16-21.
  49. Benjamin, Franklin V.  Dictionary of American Literary Characters.  2nd ed. 2 vols.  New York:  Facts on File, 2002.
  50. Birkerts, Sven.  The Gutenberg Elergies:  The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age.  Boston: Faber, 1994.
  51. Bleiler, Richard.  Reference Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction.  Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.
  52. Bloom, Clive., ed.  Gothic Horror: a Reader's Guide From Poe to King and Beyond. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998. 
  53. Bontly, Susan W., and Carol J. Sheridan.  Enchanted Journeys Beyond the Imagination: An Annotated Bibliography of Fantasy, Futuristic, Supernatural and Time Travel Romance. 3 vols.  Beavercreek, OH: Blue Diamond Publications, 1998.
  54. Booth, Heather.  Serving Teens Through Readers’ Advisory.  Chicago: ALA, 2007.
  55. Bosman, Ellen., and John P. Bradford. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Literature: a Genre Guide. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
  56. Bouricius, Ann. The Romance Readers' Advisory: the Librarian's Guide to Love in the Stacks. Chicago: ALA, 2000. 
  57. Brackett, Virginia.  Classic Love and Romance Literature: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors and Themes.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABO-CLIO, 1999.
  58. Breen, Jon L.  Novel Verdicts: A Guide to Courtroom Fiction.  2nd ed.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2000.
  59. Bridges, Karl. 100 Great American Novels: You've (Probably) Never Read. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
  60. Buck, Claire., ed. The Bloombury Guide to Women's Literature. New York: Prentice Hall, 1992. 
  61. Buker, Derek M. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Readers' Advisory: the Librarian's Guide to Cyborgs, Aliens, and Sorcerers. Chicago: ALA, 2002. 
  62. Burgess, Michael., and Jill H. Vassilakos. Murder in Retrospect: a Selective Guide to Historical Mystery Fiction. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005. 
  63. Burgin, Robert., ed. Nonfiction Readers' Advisory. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.  
  64. Burke, Susan K. and Molly Strothmann. “Adult Readers’ Advisory Services through Public Library Websites,” Reference & User Services Quarterly 55, no. 2 (2015): 141.
  65. Burns, Grant. Sports Pages: a Critical Bibliography of Twentieth Century American Novels and Stories Featuring Baseball, Basketball, Football and Other Athletic Pursuits. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1987. 
  66. Burt, Daniel S.  What Historical Novel Do I Read Next?  2 vols.  Detroit: Gale, 1997, 2003.
  67. Burt, Daniel S., Don D'Ammassa, Natalie Danford, Stefan Dziemianowicz,  and Jim Huang. What Do I Read Next?  a Reader's Guide to Current Genre Fiction (2007). Detroit: Gale, 2007. 
  68. Card, Orson Scott., ed. Masterpieces: the Best of Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century.  New York: Ace Books, 2004. 
  69. Castro, Rafaela G., Edith Maureen Fisher and Terry Hong.  What Do I Read Next?  Multicultural Literature.  Detroit: Gale, 1997.
  70. Catwelti, John G.  Six Gun Mystique Sequel.  Bowling Green University Press, 1999.
  71. Characters in 20th-Century Literature.  Detroit: Gale.  Book 1, 1990.  Book 2, 1995.
  72. Charles, John., and Shelley Mosley., eds.  Romance Today: An A-to-Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance Writers.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006.
  73. Charles, John., Joanna Morrison, and Candace Clark. The Mystery Readers' Advisory: the Librarian's Clues to Murder and Mayhem. Chicago: ALA, 2002. 
  74. Chelton, Mary K. “Read Any Good Books Lately?  Helping Patrons Find What They Want.”  Library Journal 118(8) (May 1, 1993):  p33, 5p.
  75. Chelton, M.K. “Readers’ Advisory 101.”  Library Journal 128 (18) (November 1, 2003): 38-9.
  76. Chelton, Mary K.  “When Oprah Meets E-mail.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly  41(1) (Fall 2001): 31-36.
  77. Chelton, Mary K.  “What We Know and Don’t Know About Reading, Readers, and Readers’ Advisory Service.”  Public Libraries 38 (Jan/Feb 1999): 42-47.
  78. Chelton, Mary K.  “Merchandising and Display Tips.”  NoveList, 2004. 
  79. Clemens, Valdine.  Return of the Repressed: Gothic Horror from the Castle of Otranto to Alien. State University of New York Press, 1999.
  80. Clute, John., and John Grant., eds.  Encyclopedia of Fantasy. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997.
  81. Clute, John., and Peter Nicholls. Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.
  82. Cole, Robert. The Call of Stories:  Teaching and the Moral Imagination. Boston: Houghton, 1989. 
  83. Contemporary Novelists.  7th ed.  Detroit: St. James, 2000.
  84. Contemporary Southern Writers.  Detroit: St. James, 1998.
  85. Cords, Sarah Statz.  The Real Story: a Guide to Nonfiction Reading Interests.  Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. 
  86. Cords, Sarah Statz.  The Inside Scoop: a Guide to Nonfiction Investigative Writing, Exposes, and Essays. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2009. 
  87. Cox, J. Randolph.  Dime Novel Companion: A Source Book.  Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000.
  88. Crowley, Bill. “Differing Mental Models and the Futures of Libraries, Librarians, and Readers’ Advisory,” Reference & User Services Quarterly 55, no. 2 (2015): 94.
  89. Crowley, Bill.  “ Rediscovering the History of Readers Advisory Service.”  Public Libraries 44 (1) (2005): 37-41.
  90. Crowley, Bill. “Time to Rethink Readers’ Advisory Education?” Public Libraries 5, no. 4 (2014): 37–43.
  91. Cyr, Ann-Marie and Kelly M. Gillespie.  Something to Talk About:  Creative Booktalking for Adults.  Scarecrow, 2006.
  92. Dali, Keren. “Readers’ Advisory: Can We Take It to the Next Level?” Library Review 64, no. 4/5 (2015).
  93.  Dali, Keren. “Hearing Stories, Not Keywords: Teach Contextual Readers’ Advisory,” Reference Services Review 4, no. 3 (2013): 474–502.
  94. D'ammassa, Don. Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.  New York: Facts on File, 2005.
  95. Davidson, Cathy N., and Linda Wagner. The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. 
  96. Dawson, Alma., and Connie Van Fleet., eds. African American Literature: A Guide to Reading Interests. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.  
  97. Dawson, Alma and Connie Van Fleet, “The Future of Readers’ Advisory in a Multicultural Society,” in The Readers’ Advisor’s Companion, edited by Kenneth D. Shearer and Robert Bergin (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2001), 247–38.
  98. Delong, Janice A., and Rachel E. Schwedt.  Contemporary Christian Authors: Lives and Works.  Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 2000.
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  103. Drew, Bernard A. Western Series and Sequels. 2nd ed. New York: Garland, 1993. 
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  127. Heising, Willetta L. 3rd ed.  Detecting Women: A Reader’s Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women.  Dearborn, MI: Purple Moon Press, 1999.
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  131. Herald, Diana Tixier., and Bonnie Kunzel. Fluent in Fantasy: the Next Generation. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. 
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  139. Hollands, Neil and Barry Trott. Read on...Fantasy Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. 
  140. Hooper, Brad.  Read on...Historical Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
  141. Hooper, Brad. The Short Story Readers' Advisory: a Guide to the Best. Chicago: ALA, 2000.
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  146. Jacob, Merle., and Hope Apple.  To Be Continued: An Annotated Guide to Sequels.  2nd ed.  Phoenix: Oryx, 2000.
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  162. Langemack, Chapple. The Booktalker's Bible:  How to Talk About the Books You Love to Any Audience. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003.
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  164. Lesher, Linda Parent.  Best Novels of the Nineties: A Reader’s Guide.  New York: McFarland, 1999. 
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  170. McCracken, Scott.  PULP: Reading Popular Fiction in America.  Manchester University Press, 1998. 
  171. May, Anne K., Elizabeth Olesh, Anne Weinlich Miltenberg, and Catherine Patricia Lackner, “A Look at Readers’ Advisory Services,” Library Journal 125, no. 15 (2000): 40-43.
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  174. Mediatore, Kaite.  “Reading with Your Ears: Readers’ Advisory and Audio Books.”   Reference & User Services Quarterly 42(4) (Summer 2003): 318-323.
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  176. Mort, John.  Read the High Country: a Guide to Western Books and Films. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. 
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  178. Moyer, Jessica E.  “Learning from Leisure Reading: A Study of Adult Public Library Patrons.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly 46(4) (Summer 2007): 66-79.
  179. Moyer, Jessica E.  Research-Based Readers' Advisory. Chicago: ALA, 2008. 
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  199. Pearl, Nancy. Now Read This 2: a Guide to Mainstream Fiction, 1990-2001. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2002. 
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  207. Pulliam, June Michele., and Anthony J. Fonseca. Read on...Horror Fiction. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
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  211. Rabinowitz, Harold., and Rob Kaplan.  A Passion for Books.  New York: Crown, 1997.
  212. Radway, Janice A.  A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-Class Desire.  Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. 
  213. Rainey, David. Faith Reads: a Selective Guide to Christian Nonfiction. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008. 
  214. Ramsdell, Kristin. Romance Fiction:  a Guide to the Genre. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.
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  217. Rand, Ayn.  The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers.  Plume, 2000.
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  221. Reisner, Rosalind. Jewish American Literature: a Guide to Reading Interests. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004. 
  222. Reynolds, Guy.  Twentieth-Century American Women’s Fiction: A Critical Introduction.  New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.
  223. Richards, Phillip.  Best Literature by and about Blacks.  Detroit: Gale, 2000.
  224. Rochman, Hazel.  Against Borders: Promoting Books for a Multicultural World.  Chicago, ALA, 1993.
  225. Roche, Rick.  Real Lives Revealed: A Guide to Reading Interests in Biography. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.
  226. Ross, Catherine Sheldick.  “Finding without Seeking: What Readers Say about the Role of Pleasure Reading as a Source of Information.”  Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services 13(2) (2002): 72-80.
  227. Ross, Catherine Sheldrick., Kirsti Nilsen, and Patricia Dewdney.  Conducting the Reference Interview:  A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians.  New York: Neal-Schuman, 2002.
  228. Ross, Catherine Sheldrick., Lynne (E.F.) McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer.  Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals About Reading, Libraries, and Community.  Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
  229. Ross, Catherine Sheldrick. “Making Choices: What Readers Say about Choosing Books to Read for Pleasure.”  The Acquisitions Librarian 25 (2001): 5-21.
  230. Ross, Catherine Sheldrick., and M.K. Chelton.  “Readers’s Advisory: Matching Mood and Material.”  Library Journal  126(2) ( February 1, 2001): 52-5.
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  232. Rubin, David., ed.  The Reading List: Contemporary Fiction.  New York: Henry Holt, 1998.
  233. Rubin, Rhea Joyce. Of a Certain Age: a Guide to Contemporary Fiction Featuring Older Adults. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1990.  
  234. Saricks, Joyce G.  The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction. 2nd ed. Chicago: ALA, 2009. 
  235. Saricks, Joyce G.  Readers' Advisory Service in the Public Library. 3rd ed. Chicago: ALA, 2005. 
  236. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Against the Rules.”  Booklist 102(21) (July 2006): 28.
  237. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Dead but Still Read (or They Ought to Be).”  Booklist 104(11) (February 1, 2008): 25.
  238. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Finding Time to Read.”  Booklist  101(11) (February 1, 2005): 939.
  239. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Genres on My Mind.”  Booklist 104(5) (November 1, 2007): 26.
  240. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Instant Readers’ Advisory.”  Booklist 101(5) (November 1, 2004): 463.
  241. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Joining the Conversation.” Booklist 103(11) (February 1, 2007): 30.
  242. Saricks, Joyce G.  “The Life of Leisure—“Reading” in My Spare Time.” Booklist  101(15) (April 1, 2005): 1342.
  243. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Not Just Fiction.”  Booklist 101(1) (September 1, 2004): 56.
  244. Saricks, Joyce G.  “R.A. Resolutions.”  Booklist 101(9/10) (January 1 & 15, 2005): 812.
  245. Sarick, Joyce G.  “Readers’ Advisory without a Desk.”  Booklist): 101(18) (May 15, 2005): 1635.
  246. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Reading to Escape.”  Booklist  101(7) (December 1, 2004): 635.
  247. Saricks, Joyce G.  "Reading the Future of the Public Library." The Acquisitions Librarian 25 (2001): 113-121. 
  248. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Rethinking the Readers’-Advisory Interview.”  Booklist 103(15) (April 1, 2007): 24.
  249. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Take Time for Rereading.”  Booklist  101(19/20)(June 1 & 15, 2005): 1750.
  250. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Taking on Nonfiction Readers’ Advisory.”  Booklist  101(13) (March 1, 2005): 1141.
  251. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Taking the Plunge.”  Booklist 102 (9/10) (January 1 & 15, 2006): 56.
  252. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Teaching Readers’ Advisory and the Art of Booktalking.”  Booklist 102(1) (September, 1, 2005): 61.
  253. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Thinking Outside the Genre and Dewey Boxes.” Booklist 102(13) (March 1, 2006): 64.
  254. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Vacation Reading.”  Booklist 101(3) (October 1, 2004): 309.
  255. Saricks, Joyce G.  “What I like Best about Readers’ Advisory.”  Booklist 102 (11) (February 1, 2006): 27.
  256. Saricks, Joyce G.  “What Makes a Good Book.”  Booklist 103(13) (March 1, 2007): 60.
  257. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Unlocking the Mystery of Mysteries.”  Booklist 105(17) (May 1, 2009): 21.
  258. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Readers’ Advisory—Flash in the Pan or Here to Stay?”  Booklist 104 (21)(July 2008): 12.
  259. Saricks, Joyce G.  “Whole-Library Readers’ Advisory.”  Booklist 104(1) (September 1, 2007): 51.
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  268. Simony, Maggy. The Traveler's Reading Guide:  Ready-Made Reading Lists for the Armchair Traveler. New York: Facts on File, 1992. 
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  289. Trott, Barry.   “Building on a Firm Foundation: Readers’ Advisory Over the Next 25 Years.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly 48(2) (Winter 2008): 132-135.
  290. Trott, Barry. Read on...Crime Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.  
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Healing Power of Stories

Jenny Diski ONLY HUMAN a divine comedy

Possibility entered the beginning of the world, and with it, desire.

There are no mirrors in eternity.

More and more I find myself choosing visual reading, and drawing, rather than writing

The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price

Quote: Time is a landscape that stretches across all things. We're the ones who move across it. ... The concepts of past and future are entirely human constructs. We formulated them as navigational markers, like east and west.

The End of Your Life Book Club Reading List

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Appointment in Samarra by Frank O'Hara
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Belano
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas

Douglas Coupand Future Legends

Achronogeneritropic spaces
Airport-induced identity dysphoria
ambivital consensus
Ameteoric landscape
anorthodoxical isms
The anthropocene
Attack moderates
Bell's law of telephony
Binary subjective qualities
Blank-collar workers
cartoon blindness
Catastrophic shifts
Centennial blindness
Christmas-morning feeling
Chronocanine envy
chronotropic drugs
Cloud blindness
Collapse attraction
Complex sepration
cover buzz
Crazy uncle syndrome
Crystallographic money theory
Dark-age high tech
Deharmonized sin
deromanticizing dysfunction
drinking your own spit
Dummy pronoun
Ecosystemic biology
Eternal divide
Exosomatic memory
Fate is for losers
Fictive rest
Field denial
Future of labour
General anesthetic afterlife
Goalpost aura
grim truth
Guck wonder
iddefodial storage
Indoor/outdoor voice
Inhibition spectrum
Instant reincarnation
Internal voice blindness
Interruption-driven memory
Intraffinital melancholy vs. Extraffinital melancholy
Intravincularfamilial silence
Invariant memory
karaokeal amnesia
Limbic trading - the belief that the need for stories comes from deep within the brain's limbic system--where memory and emotion percolate, and where stories are first processed before they are passed on to the left hemisphere, the home of intuition, imagination, and inspiration--and that storytelling is one limbic system's way of communicating with that of another person.
Limited pool romantic theory
Lyrical putty
Malfactory aversion
Mallproof realms
Mechanics of friends and influence
Mr. goggles
metaphor blindness
Metaphor spectrum
nanoexploitative industry
Narrative drive

Dublin bibliotherapy programs

The original purpose of this study was to answer the main research question:
How can a bibliotherapy programme be developed and effectively implemented in a Dublin public library environment?
This main question fed into a number of areas including:
How are bibliotherapy programmes currently being conducted in
Dublin’s public library services?
What role do partnerships with health professionals play in bibliotherapy programmes in public libraries?
How do these programmes impact upon the role of staff in the libraries?
What, if any, are the barriers to bibliotherapy programmes currently in
existence in Dublin’s public libraries?
What are the differences between a bibliotherapy programme in a
public library and a similar programme in a health

Information Eye

‘Information Eye”- the new vision of Foundation for Library Awareness (FOLA) for the Value Based education – is the successfully running exhibition project to improve the reading habits in the society of Jaffna district. There is a corner in this exhibition namely “Medicine for soul” focused on Use of information as bibliotherapic tool. (

This corner provides a sensitive way for a viewer to guide to understand themselves and the environment, and possibly find solutions to their problems. Information displayed here is Book for Creative Writing:  Students can create a diary for a character in the story, write a letter from one character to another write a poem to stimulate students’ thinking about themselves, Book for Art Activities:  Draw a map to illustrate story events, draw pictures of events in the story. Discussion and Role-Playing:  Students participate in a roundtable discussion about the decision of a character in the story, role-play events in the story, Books for healing by reading, Self-motivating books images.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Expressive arts white paper

Feminist poets

Move over Freud from the Guardian

Book Riot reading challenge

Poems to get you going again from the Guardian

Reading List: Subversive Women

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Furthest by Suzette Haden Elgin

No matter how inconenient or unpleasant an illusion may be, if a man has chosen t himself and held it long enough, if he hs built it up in sufficient detail and become accustomed to taking it into account upon every occasion, it will become precious to him and he will fight to maintain it in preference to even a pleasant truth. This is because it will have become one of the anchoring points of his mind, like the points which anchor the web of a spider, and to displace it will cause a shift in equilibrium for which painful compensation must be made. This is only a form of self-defense; nonetheless it inhibits growth.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Read not seen

Chinese painting is based on the pictorial calligraphy strokes developed long ago and is therefore often said to be "written" rather than painted, and "read" rather than seen.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Neal Stephenson and Nicole Gallland The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Quote: A witch generally speaks her mind when she can get away with it, doesn't care much about what men think, and is determined to have agency over her fate, even in a time and place when such a thing was hard to come by...

Friday, August 25, 2017

Poetry Forms Index

This site includes hundreds of poetic forms with samples and outlines, and more kinds of haiku than I would have dreamed.

 Abbreviated Haiku Written in either 2 lines with syllable count 7/2 or 3 lines with syllable count 3/5/3 or 2/3/2. This is sometimes called Miku.
 Alphabet Haiku Modern haiku form created by Beatrice Evans, aka Ronnica at Allpoetry
It requires only strict 5 7 5 syllable construction
with all words beginning with the same letter.
 American Sentence poetry form An American haiku variation invented by Allen Ginsberg.
17 syllables written in a sentence. Any topic.
In a series if more than single line.
 Brazilian Haiku Rhyming haiku
x x x x A
x B x x x x B
x x x x A

 Crystalline An English Haiku analog.  Two lines of 17 syllables, 8/9 or 9/8
 Dodoitsu  It has 26 syllables: 7 in the first, second and third lines, and 5 in the last   line. (7-7-7-5)
 Haiga A Haiga is a Haiku accompanied by a picture.
 Haikuette Tristitch with 17 or fewer syllable, no verbs, each line separate entity but contributing to whole.
 Haynaku Vividly short poetry, like haikus only very different… 1 word, 2 words, 3  words and visa Vera.
Creating imagery or conclusions with only six words in all..
 Katuata Syllabic, 19 syllables or less.  Usually a tercet. 5-7-7. This can also be reduced to a 5-7-5 syllable count if desired.
emotive, not necessarily logical.
 Kimo  An Israeli version of the Haiku.  10/7/6 syllables
Kouta A Japanese poetry form of 4 lines.
Syllabic, written in lines of alternating 7-5-7-5 syllables or 7-7-7-5 syllables.
 Pixiku A three line form related to Haiku with no restrictions.
 Rhaiku Verse A poem consisting of One stanza of Rhyme,
one stanza of haiku, and one stanza of free verse.
The order of the components is up to the poet.
 Scifaiku Minimal, in the moment with human insight.
Written with a haiku frame
 Senryu A poem in 3 lines or less.
Syllabic, 17 syllables or less.
Commonly written in 3 lines but can be written in 2 lines and can be written with fewer syllables, never more.
 Tanka The tanka is defined more by content and style than syllabic prescription, still most tanka like its ancestor the waka are confined by 31 onji or syllables and broken into 5 lines of 5-7-5-7-7.
 Haiku Related form Links – Reference Ever growing list

 These are some of the forms I want to try:
 Aquarian Unrhymed.  Invented by A. Maris Mazz
Each stanza  has lines of 2-4-6-2 syllables
Any number of stanzas permitted.
 Atom Stnzaic: tercets.
Count letters: 5-7-5.
This poem linked tercets under title.
No punctuation or capitalization like haiku.
Benison A blessing in any verse form at poet’s discretion.
 Blues Stanza • stanzaic, written in any number of triplets.
• accentual verse with 4 to 6 stresses a line, or whatever. The syllable count is 12 or close enough. You can see, there is lots of room to wiggle here. The meter changes to iambic pentameter when the stanza is used in the Blues Sonnet.
• structured. L1 makes a statement, L2 repeats L1 with minor variation, often a beat or two short, and L3 responds, with a “climatic parallel” to the first 2 lines. (a culminating contrast or extension of the statement) In effect you are writing a rhyming couplet posing as a triplet.
• rhymed, rhyme scheme aaa, bbb, ccc, ddd.
 Brevette 2 Word Poem. subject (noun), verb, and object (noun), in this exact order. The verb should show an ongoing action. This is done by spacing out the letters in the verb. There are only three words in the poem.
Diminishing Hexaverse A six stanza poem where the first stanza has six line of six syllable, the next has five lines of 5 syllables, etc..
Dribble The dribble is a brief poem consisting of exactly 100 letters
 Etheree The first line is a monosyllabic word; the second line has two syllables, and so on, until the tenth line with, ultimately, ten syllables.
Fantasy A three stanza, structured, syllabic poem of 20 lines
Rhymed: abccaba deffed gghhiii
 Glosa, Glose, or Gloss A poem beginning with another poet’s single stanza, which become lines in your subsequent stanzas.
 Grook The grooks are characterized by irony, paradox, brevity, precise use of language, sophisticated rhythms and rhymes and often satiric nature.
 Hex Sonnata Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee 
Imaginaerium abcaba deed ff  
12 syllables per line
Written as follows: Sestet/ Quatrain/Couplet

 Loonies  5 line, 13 word poem.
It is word-based with 1/5/5/1/1 words per line.
It is formulaic: the words in the final two lines must be hyphenated.
 Lune Kelly Lune,    Syllables: 5-3-5
Collom Lune,    Words:  3-5-3
Any topic, meter, rhyme, metaphor allowed.
 Magic 9 A 9 line poem
Line-length and metrics at the discretion of the poet
Rhyme pattern: abacadaba
Minute The Minute Poem is a 60 syllable verse form, one syllable for each second in a minute. The theme should be an event that is over and done   completely, as in a minute. Since the dominant line is short the effect is likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious.
 Naani A four line poem consisting of from 20 to 25 syllables.
 Pensee syllabic count 2-4-7-8-6; line 1 is the subject; line 2 gives description
line 3, action; line 4, the setting; line 5, final thought.
 Pleiades Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza.  The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title.
 Sonnetina Quatro 1. The form comprises of two stanzas. These are a sestet and a quatrain.
2. The sestet and quatrain may appear either way round, but the more usual design is the sestet first.
Rhyme Scheme: ababab cdcd

 And so much more! Find your own form favorites. (The names are inspiring all on their own.)
 Page down past Archives on the right hand side of the site to find
categorical links that include: