American Shorts

a five days coast to coast poetry festival

Poetry Lab | Research | New Paradox | American Shorts | Emerging Poets Program

American Shorts Different then the Shakespearean and the Petrarchan sonnet is the use of American Short as intermezzo. The American Short should not be related to the poem itself, it may only have 4 lines, max 50 words and it should contain the following elements:
– outside (an accident on the street, a screaming person, a barking dog, a leaf falling, snow, rain, a fight, etc)
– senses (sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing)
– emotions (happiness, fear, sadness, disgust, anger or surprise)
– time (morning, evening, dinner, winter, summer, night, day, etc)