Writing Exercise – Strambatto

by | September 6, 2015 | Writing Exercise | 3 comments

 By Ashley Lister

You know I like to see you wearing stockings 

And it’s true I’d love to see you in a thong 

The sexy lingerie look’s one you’re rocking 

It makes my need for you grow: both long and strong 

Whilst some of my kinky thoughts are quite shocking 

When I share them here in this poetic song 

If you are supportive and never mocking 

I’m sure that you and I shall get along 

Similar in construction to the Ottava Rima, the Strambatto is also eight hendecasyllabic (11 syllables) lines. However, the rhyme scheme for the Strambatto presented here, the Sicilian form, is a simple alternating structure: a, b, a, b, a, b, a, b.

I think 11 syllable lines can be quite a challenge so, this month, I particularly look forward to seeing your poems in the comments box below.


Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439) Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.


  1. Rachel Green

    Topping from Below

    Your fingernails rake blood along my spine
    and make my eyelids shiver in your embrace
    for though you stress you're non-exclusive, the line
    between lovers and partners seems fragile; lace
    as delicate as a spider's silk web, fine
    as the cupids bow of lips that kiss my face
    and drag me down to neverland – for what's mine
    will be always yours until the last disgrace.

  2. Ashley Lister

    Ooh! This has so much tactility in it. I particularly like the enjambment and the way this one spills from one line into another in such a rich way.

    Wonderful, as always.


  3. Almendra Sabor

    An edited version of what I posted on 10/07/2015


    Stolen from across a room, a wanton glance,
    by eyes that searched for each other, and measure
    desire by gaze and by ardor; that perchance,
    your lust is more than the innocent pleasure
    that is shared by souls in adverse circumstance.
    Flowing towards my sex, your charming eyes, azure,
    run down my body, a delightful advance,
    like melted chocolate; your intent is sure.

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