Romance Poetry posted September 4, 2017

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lune-contest entry


by michaelcahill


Lune 5-3-5 writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a lune on any topic and present it any way you wish.

The only requirements are a syllable count of 5-3-5 ie five syllables in line one, three syllables in line two, and five syllables in line three.

All other factors, rhyme or no, rhythm, etc. are up to the poet.

The lune (rhymes with moon) is a very short poem. It's similar to the popular haiku form of poetry. While a haiku follows a 5/7/5 syllable pattern, the lune's syllable pattern is 5/3/5. The middle line is restricted to three syllables, it is the shortest line of the three. This gives the lune a curve on the ends similar to a crescent moon.
The lune was invented by poet Robert Kelly in the 1960s. Kelly has been a professor of literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, since 1986. He is the author of numerous poems and short fiction. When he invented the lune, he wanted poets to have freedom of choice. Therefore, the lune can be about anything, unlike the haiku, which is expected to be about nature.

Here is an example:

Books, papers, notes, pens
What a mess
Lies piled on my desk

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