April 2, 2014 by KWills
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That’s it, folks. Tiny, or what? According to the Shadow Poetry website:
The Brevette, created by Emily Romano, consists of a subject (noun), verb, and object (noun), in this exact order. The verb should show an ongoing action. This is done by spacing out the letters in the verb. There are only three words in the poem, giving it the title Brevette.
Each of the three words may have any number of syllables, but it is desirable that the poem have balance in the choice of these words. Unlike haiku, there are no other rules to follow.
I considered making today about the ballad form, but I’m not ready to return to my comfort zone yet. Even blank verse, with its even tread of da-DUM, da-Dum, da-DUM, is a bit too cosy. I’ll talk about both of these things later in the month, but for now you get a brevette. There’s no title – or titles. Since all the sources I can find limit the brevette to exactly three lines, I had to revise my original poem of five interlinked verses and choose just one. It wasn’t easy – but then again, that’s sort of the point.