Sunday, September 20, 2015

I don't know types of poetry?!

Have you had these thoughts before? You don't really know different kinds of poems and how can you possibly write 31 poems in 31 days if you don't know different forms?

How many, "There once was a girl from Nantucket" poems can you really write? (I guess you could write 30 if you really wanted to, but geez that girl would be so tired by the end of the month...)

First take a breath and let it out slowly. We're got you covered. We'll be sharing prompts, possible poetry forms and different media to give you inspiration. But if that's not enough, here's some resources to check out different poetry forms.

The Poetry Foundation gives you a glossary list of forms and then gives you an example of a famous poem to refer back to. goes much more in-depth with about a dozen poetic styles including links to examples.

Kathi Mitchell has listed poetry that's good for kids to try out.

And there's so many other forms to try out and explore.

Do you have a favorite form that you like to write? Is there something that you're wanting to try out in October? Let me know in the comments!

10 Days Until OctPoWriMo! 

Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia where she began penning poems after a boy broke her heart. She shares poetry, short stories and writer interviews on her blog, PenPaperPad. Her writing has been featured in Mamalode, In the Powder Room, and many others. She is the editor for The Reverie Journal, which will be releasing it's first poetry collection early October. She also hosts #writestuff TweetChat where writers talk about writing every Tuesday at 9 pm EST. She is a hillbilly hermit living in Honolulu with her Mathmagician.


  1. My favourite form is the sonnet, but I don't have the courage to write 31 of them! Kyrielle, runs it a close second, and is easier, but I daresay I shall be reduced to the odd haiku/senryu by the end of the month.
    Thanks for all the preparatory work, which has got me out of the poetry doldrums.

    1. I'm glad our posts have gotten you out of the doldrums!
      Yes, I would find writing 31 sonnets to be extremely taxing. I don't think I could do it. I haven't written a Kyrielle before. Now I have something to look up!