Three Poetry Forms Combined Give a Folding Mirror Effect

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Today we have a poem Wendy Webb created combining three poetry forms she has created. It appeared in the February issue of eTips, which is freely available upon request from Wendy and the Norfolk poets.

Wendy’s explanation of the forms and the poem follows MECHOGI ANDROS. Thanks to Wendy for creating and sharing it, and publishing FM poetry and publicising this website in Tips

MECHOGI ANDROS (Magi, Echotain, Andropian combined) Wendy Webb  

Thrillingly sumptuously thrillingly

simple spills simpler

clearer or clear

glass as glass


sand slip sands

coarse on coarser

lifelong ebbing lifetime

effervescing water’s effervescence.


 Wendy Webb: 

In the above example, this poem meets the rules of form for a Magi (3 verses, of 3 lines each, with 3 words per line; no syllable count is necessary, and simple punctuation is used). It also meets form requirements for the Echotain (using echo sounds; using positive images in whatever shape enhances the message: in this case, an hourglass). It also meets form requirements for an Andropian (nine lines forming a saltire, Scottish cross, in which lines one and nine use the same echo word, though variation is allowed; the title uses the repeating word plus the crux of the cross). P.S: My shortest accepted poem was THREE WORDS – yours could be… a blank page! Tattoed on your skin. Or shared in 4-D inside an art gallery!

In order to write a Freestyle Mechogi Andros, it is recommended that you break all of the above rules, particularly the concrete nature of this form and to treat it like a Freestyle Haiku. For best results, reduce to the fewest words / syllables to write your message. For eloquence, surround the poem with white space and submit to your chosen editor. Bear in mind that nothing is more eloquent than silence, absence and emptiness. The first poet whose poem is accepted for publication, let me know.

P.S. Marc Latham has a humorous non-FM poem published on everydaypoets today.


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