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Archive for April 20th, 2012

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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