Poetry Mission: 52 Poems in 52 Styles

Muse-Poster“Explore all the poetry styles you can find,” said a crazy voice in my head a few days ago. “Write a poem in each style.” 

“That doesn’t sound like fun at all,” I answered. “I have deadlines coming out my wazoo! I don’t have time for an in depth study of poetic form.” The voice was quieted but not gone. A few days later it returned.

“Explore all the poetry styles you can find,” said what I decided must be a sadistic muse. “Write a poem in each style.” 

“Have you seen my schedule?” I answered. “Deadlines everywhere! I’m a full-time writer now. I don’t have time for kooky ideas.” The voice didn’t answer, but I could feel a smug smile behind it. She knew I was hooked.

killers_2.3So here I am, writing poetry during the witching hour. To start, I’ve settled on 52 styles ranging from acrostic and other sequence poems to the ominous villanelle. For fun, I’m combining all these into one, monster poem. I shall call it an eclepic—an eclectic epic.

So far I have seven—a fibonacci sequence, ballad, ballade, cinquain, couplet, epigram and haiku. If I finish writing this, and I can read it all in less than ten minutes, I think I’ll (try) to perform it at the next TV Dinner Theater. It could be spectacular, or just a spectacle. I’ll worry about that later.


Right now I have 45 poems to go. Here’s one, A Day for Frogs, inspired by our recent rains.

Day for Frogs Ballad

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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