Poem Spark Mar 3-17: the Abecedarian

Greetings fellow poets!

The front page of Poets.org today features a poetic form called the Abecedarian. Since I obviously do not have enough fun in my life, I thought: well why not? It can’t be that difficult, right? Needless to say, I didn’t know what I was getting into.

An Abecedarian is an acrostic poem. In its strictest interpretation, the first letter of the first line of the poem begins with A, and each following line’s first letter is the next letter in the alphabet. No problem! Here are a few examples:

Mike Dockins: Dead Critics Society {scroll down to see the poem}

Laura Polley: Learning Your ABC’s

Robert Pinsky “ABC”

Notice how the first poem is a double-acrostic? And Pinsky’s poem uses each word’s first letter to go through the alphabet, rather than each line.

The poem spark this time is this: write an Abecedarian. Don’t worry about following the form too rigidly; it’s more fun to be creative. Good luck!

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