Yesterday I received a note of acceptance for a second poem to be featured in an upcoming poetry anthology featuring quincouplets, a five word poetry form inspired by Hemingway’s six word story. I know what you are thinking. How difficult can it be to write a five word poem? Well, apparently quite difficult. Of the six poems I have submitted to the anthology, whose editor is also the creator of the form, only two have been accepted and one with a rewrite. Yes, a rewrite. Actually, the rewrite consisted of simply removing the title. The editor pointed out that the title was redundant and I had to agree. While I am thrilled to have my poetry included in the anthology, I cannot help but feel sad for the poor little rejected quin that accompanied the recently selected poem in my second round of submissions. So without further ado I give you Untitled Spoonerism, a poem inspired by my frequent bouts of speaking with twisted tongue.
on tangled rung
…and for the first time in print, its twisted sister:
on wrangled tongue
A quincouplet is a five word poetry form inspired by Hemingway’s six word story. It is a single stanza, two line poem composed of two words in the first line and three in the second. To read more about the history of the quincouplet please visit Quincouplet.org. Additional guidelines for composing your own quincouplets can be found here.