Albert's Poetry Cafe ~ Poet Craft: Form ~ "Minute Poetry" with Salvatore Buttaci!  December 15, 2008 - December 30, 2008

Contest Completed


Gold Medal - Gaining New Perspective
Silver Medal - WINTER JOYS (But not for ducks)
Bronze Medal - Winter Snows


Minute Poetry

The Minute Poem is rhyming verse form consisting of 12 lines of 60 syllables written in strict iambic meter. The poem is formatted into 3 stanzas of 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4; 8,4,4,4 syllables.

Remember that iambic means that you must have an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one. In line 1, for example, you would have 8 syllables, which means 4 sets of unstressed followed by stressed syllable.

Example: When gods once reigned in lands like this (unstressed WHEN; stressed GODS; etc.)

Write a minute poem that celebrates the positive side of winter. Make sure you follow the rules so as not to be disqualified.

Here is a minute-poem example that is not on the contest theme.

(A Minute Poem)

We live our lives obsessed with time.
Appointments climb
the pages marked
in letters dark

remind us moments rule our days.
No wonder, crazed,
we check the clock
that seems to mock

us: slaves to schedules harsh demands,
to times cruel hands,
a hold released
when sleep grants peace.

(C) 2006 Salvatore Buttaci


First, Second and Third prizes




5 Contestants
5 Submissions
Created Dec 15, 2008

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