Structure is Sexy

Current-day poetry is often devoid of rhyme or a set structure.  And that’s all well and good.  But somewhere along the way, rhyme and structure got a bad name, and I don’t think that’s fair. 

Rhyming poetry and poetry that follows more traditional rules can still be beautiful, intriguing, groundbreaking, and even “cool.”  Take, for example, two poems included in the online literary magazine, Shattercolors.

The Condom” by John Milbury-Steen is a humorous, rhyming piece about what happens when sex doesn’t go quite as smoothly as one would hope (note: if you’re embarrassed or offended by sex stuff, you might want to skip this one).

Small Scene in a Rainy City” by Michael Battram is a beautifully structured poem about a prositute on a rainy night.

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