Professional children's performance poet! MA in Writing/Education and residencies at various schools. Books published by Bloomsbury. Blogging students' work, works-in-progress, and miscellanea. Blogs also about psychology and mental health. Blog posts not always child friendly.
I may have invented a new poetic form. It may have been used by other poets, but I can't recall seeing it anywhere else. It certainly seems a bit too good for me to have stumbled upon it all by myself, but I thought I'd codify it here in this blog post, so other poets can have a go at doing it too. I call it 'The Big Boss', because, well, it's my form, and I can call it what I like. It goes like this:
4 stanzas, 7 lines in each stanza
4 syllables in the first six lines of each stanza, and 6 syllables in the final line
rhyme scheme is ABCBDBE, FGHGIGE, JKLKMKE, NOPOQOE.
Here are a couple of examples of Big Boss Poems. See if you can give it a go yourself (you can adjust the syllable count in some lines in order to maintain a consistent beat). I've found it to be a very effective technique when writing for younger children.