Archive for December 24th, 2010

Several years ago, a friend shared the most interesting poetry book with me called Fly with Poetry: An ABC of Poetry written and illustrated by Avis Harley (Boyds Mills Press, 2000). It includes samples of 26 different kinds of poetry! Here’s one called a doublet. In a doublet, a word is changed, one letter at a time, into another word and arranged vertically in the poem.

How Can You Change Sleep into Dream?

Instead of falling into      sleep

by counting                sheep      I listen for rhythms

inside my head: the     cheep      of a chickadee,

rain on my                cheek,

a murmuring             creek,

the              creak       of new shoes,

or cats lapping         cream.     These are the rhythms 

that flow through my   dream.

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