Line breaks do not a poem make,
But line breaks there must be —
Three second lines make up their time,
And meaning makes each tree.

The pattern is the father, lines
That speak the poem’s scales —
The rhythm is the mother, rhyme
A rule that rarely fails.

And syntax, grammar should be law —
Except when they should not.
Your poem ought to be a thought —
Unless it has a plot.



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Troy Camplin

Troy Camplin

I am the author of “Diaphysics” and the novel “Hear the Screams of the Butterfly.” I am a consultant, poet, playwright, novelist, and interdisciplinary scholar.