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Crapsey's Cinquan

I can't seem to stop writing poetry or reading poetry. I think it is safe to say I love poetry and I love sharing great poetry with others.

Adelaide Crapsey creator of the Cinquan.

Adelaide Crapsey creator of the Cinquan.

Crapsey's Cinquan

She named

her form Cinquan,

Adelaide Crapsey,

neither Adelaide or Crapsey

would do.

And left

in her poems

very fast and unruly life

organized in syllabic form

her lungs.

She died

at thirty-six

Adelaide Crapsey

creator of American



that each line builds

as it grows without rhyme

five lines of two, four, six, eight, two

with sound.

© 2018 Jamie Lee Hamann


Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 22, 2018:

I learned something from you today because I'd never heard of Cinquan. I never cared for poetry until I joined HubPages and started reading modern-day poets like you and others I could name. I think it was the stodgy old masters I didn't care for. This style definitely takes skill, so I think I'll stick with limericks. I'm not a poet, and do I know it. You are a good one.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 22, 2018:

Most creative and a nice introduction to this form. I find that I do best with writing poetry in the freestyle because my inspiration can just take over and I can just let my imagination soar. However, I have learned to create different forms and even though some are rather complex the ending result is still satisfying.

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