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Sunday, July 7, 2013


The lune is also known as the American Haiku. It was first created by the poet Robert Kelly (truly a great poet) and was a result of Kelly’s frustration with English haiku. After much experimentation, he settled on a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line.

There is a variant lune created by poet Jack Collom. His form is also a self-contained tercet, but his poem is word-based (not syllable-based) and has the structure of 3 words in the first line, 5 words in the second line and 3 words in the final line.
As with Kelly’s lune, there are no other rules.

Thanks to Robert  Lee Brewer

Recap:  Kelly Lune, Syllables: 5-3-5
         Collom Lune,   Words:  3-5-3
         Any topic, meter, rhyme, metaphor allowed.

Whereas Haiku is a Japanese word the the plural is still Haiku,
If you write more than one Lune, they are Lunes.

Related Forms: Alphabet Haiku,  Crystalline,  Haibun,  Haiga,  Haiku Haikuette,  KimoLune, PixikuRhaikuSijoUkiahZip


How to Write a  Collom Lune

Lune authorship permits
words, not syllables be counted
three, five, three.

Rhyming Kelly Lune

Rhyming a a a
all the way
becomes quite okay.

© Lawrencealot

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