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Hello, this is Frank Hubeny. I found this form only a few weeks ago in a post, “Grateful”, by method two madness: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2017/06/29/grateful/  They mentioned that Jane Dougherty told them about it. It looks like others know this form as well but it is a new one for me.

A minute poem has exactly 60 syllables which I assume match the 60 seconds in a minute. In that sense it is like the quadrille which has exactly 44 words. However, there are more constraints than the number of syllables.

The form also requires three stanzas of 20 syllables each. Each stanza has four lines. The first line has 8 syllables and the next three lines have 4 syllables each.

If that is not enough constraints, the poem is expected to have end rhymes for the three stanzas that go aabb ccdd eeff.

And, if that is not enough, the meter is expected to be iambic: a foot of two syllables, first one unaccented, second one accented.

Too many constraints may make a form that is too difficult. Not enough may make the form uninteresting. For this challenge if you want to relax the rhyme, that is fine. If you want to relax the stanza structure or meter that is fine. Try to make the poem no more nor less than 60 syllables (excluding title), but I won’t be counting. You may write this on any topic. If you need a prompt let me know in the comments below. I should be able to think up something.

I couldn’t find much history on this form, but maybe some of you know more about it or remember how you first found out about it. Let me know in the comments section below. I find the sound of reading one of these poems an enjoyable variation from common meter.

To participate write a minute (or modified minute) poem and post it on your blog. Add the link to that post in the Mister Linky below. You might also want to comment here letting me know that you have linked something or provide the rest of us with more information about the minute form. Also read what other poets have written and perhaps even provide a comment on their posts. That is how we get to know each other better.