Monday, April 18, 2022

Day 18 ~ “Brevette”


Brevette Poem ~ This LOOKS simple – THREE WORDS? Yeah, but it can be tricky ~ No titles needed (although it is okay to use a title) ~ just three words and three lines


There are a FEW particulars to this poetry form created by Emily Romano. Here’s a little grammar for you – this poem consists of TWO NOUNS and ONE VERB . . . and the first noun needs to be a SUBJECT, while the second noun needs to be an OBJECT:

LINE 1: a subject (noun)

LINE 2: a verb (the verb has a space between each letter:  v e r b)

LINE 3: an object (noun)

They need to STAY in that exact order and yes, there is ONE MORE THING!! In order for the verb (and ONLY the verb) to stand out, it is spaced out, letter by letter.

Titles are optional, otherwise, there is NO punctuation, and all words are lower case ~ the trickiest part of this poetry form is the formatting – Word will try to change the first letter of each line into a capital letter – change it back to lowercase – if there is an “i” in your verb [line 2], Word also freaks out because of the space between each letter and so it wants to capitalize the letter “i” ~ CHANGE it back to lowercase.

THREE WORDSdon’t be adding “helping verbs” or “articles” – that’s cheating. Coming up with a subject and an object for the nouns is surprisingly difficult. Seriously, this is trickier than it seems, but SO MUCH FUN!! And it’s easy to get carried away, as evidenced by the numerous examples.


(These examples are from previous years by poets who are all still participating this year. Permission was granted to use them in my how-to book ~ STILL COMING … eventually, so I’m assuming they are good with me sharing them here as well).



                        s t o k e s


                                      © 2018 Aubri Wilson



f o l l o w


          © 2017 Stephanie Abney



                        d i s t r i b u t e s


                                      © 2018 Deborah Royal


        b r i n g s


                    © 2020 Stephanie Abney



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1 comment:

Heidi L. Murphy said...

Here are my day 18 poems!