Sunday, April 22, 2018

Day 22 ~ “Pleiades Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

Today’s poetry form might be another new one for y’all. Have you ever heard of or tried writing a Pleiades Poem? It was created in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Editor Emeritus of Sol Magazine, which appears to have been a poetry journal that is no longer in publication. At any rate, he named it for a star cluster in the constellation Taurus, “The Pleiades.”

It has some interesting requirements. ONE word ONLY title with a single seven-line stanza (so don’t go creating additional verses – this form only has one). Here’s the specific part ~ the FIRST letter of each of the following 7 lines MUST start with the same letter as the first letter of the title of the poem. Kind of reminds me of those families who named every one of their kids with names that begin with the same letter.

We will write ours as Craig Tigerman first designed it (others have tried to add syllable requirements, etc.) but Tigerman only said it had to be a single word title, with seven lines, each line beginning with the same first letter as the title. Yeah, that was redundant – I already outlined that. But it’s okay – it should be pretty clear by now, right?

If you want some help coming up with words that start with the same letter you can go here ~ Word Finder and choose your letter and find lots of words that start with that letter:

Another useful site: Dictionary of Unusual Words – just click on the letter of your choice and you get a plethora of unique words with brief definitions.

Oh, the examples I saw online have the first line start with a capital letter and the rest start with a lowercase letter and the final line ends with a period. (You can insert commas where needed). So, here ya’ go ~ a few examples:


Crinkley edges,
crucnchy, crisp and
creeping vine bearing
cucumiform fruits,
cultivated plant,
comes from the gourd family,
      © 2018 Stephanie Abney


Something that
seems to evade me,
slumbering a little here,
snoozing a bit there, ol’ Mr.
sandman passes me by,
singing lullabies to others,
shoot, there goes my alarm!
      © 2018 Stephanie Abney

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Vicki said...

Day 22- Pleiades Poem


Please explain to me why there’s a
Plethora of words to describe things meaning
Plenty of other things to give a
Poem you’re writing
Pizzazz and keeping the reader on his toes
Puzzling out what the writer meant and
Piquing their interest?

Peggy Barker said...


Sunday’s we serve in our callings the
Sacrifice of time brings blessings.
Singing praises to our Lord are like a prayer unto him.
Sacrament reminds us of our Savior’s atonement.
Spiritual development is our goal.
Sabbath rest is an eternal principle and
Sanctifies our souls.

Stephanie Abney said...

These are great, ladies!

Heidi Murphy said...

All right. I'm a day late but here they are:
Now I'm waiting for today's poem...:o)