by Ashley Lister
One of the pleasures of the rictameter is that there is no
need for rhyme: it relies on a strict adherence to syllable count. (Well, as
strict as syllable counts can be given our different regional pronunciations).
I know we looked at this form back in August last year, but it’s never too soon to revisit a quality form of poetry.
Rictameter starts off with a two syllable line, moves up to a four syllable,
and then a six and an eight and a ten syllable line, before going on to an
eight syllable line, followed by a six, a four and a two syllable closure. The
final line is a repeat of the first line, so it helps if it’s something punchy
mouth, lips and tongue
ready to devour
yet bestowing so much pleasure
sucking, slurping, spitting or swallowing
an overwhelm of sensation
that ends in liquid rush
and wanting more
As always, I look forward to seeing your poetry in the
comments box below.