Invented Poetry Forms – The Lux

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I created the lux poetry form earlier this year to pay tribute to one of my favorite poets of all time, Thomas Lux, who passed away in February of 2017. The form itself was inspired by and closely patterned on his delightful short poem “A Little Tooth” (please check it out; you will be glad you did). The lux is a nine line poem consisting of three tercets (stanzas of three lines a piece) with a rhyme scheme of abc cba abc. The lines can be of any length.

Due to the rather subtleness of the rhyme scheme. I feel the lux is a very versatile form suited for a diverse range of subject matter and tone which I hope is demonstrated by the four I wrote posted below. You might note that the last one does double duty, not only as a lux, but as an example…

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  1. This is a wonderful Tribute to Mr. Lux. The Lux form is quite unique. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this Eugenia as I always love learning about new poetry forms! I’m on my way over to Paul’s! 😀 ❤

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  3. I am so impressed that you came up with your own form in tribute to poet you admire.

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  4. Thank you so much for the reblog, Eugenia! I really appreciate it.

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  5. Poetry IS form.

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