Day 4: Brrr

NaPoWriMo fourth attempt. I took inspiration today from Poetry Review, where Fady Joudah has written some Textu poems. The form rule is it must be 160 characters long, he suggests that this form creates a poem that is ‘defined by character count, not syllable.’ I notice another blogger The Quirk on the Hill blogspot has also tried out the form for NaPoWriMo.

I like the idea of a text poem, it reminds me of ‘Poems are the original text messages’ Carol Ann Duffy quote, and I found it fun to write some short poems based on character count. However I did get confused on whether I was doing it right, is it character count including spaces or not including spaces? In the end I just went with not including spaces, so this is probably my own take on it, but I may try again limiting myself to even less space next time.  

TextU forms


I recognise the weather

It beats the trees, beheads

One of the only flowers

That has managed to blossom;

It is familiar. The sun of those

Golden weeks was unexpected,

I gladly relax in this rain.


Last night dreamt of chasing butterflies

They were yellow with a dash of blue

Along the wings. Google dream symbols (butterflies):

Denotes your need to settle down.

I didn’t know I was afloat.


You are sad you forgot your waterproof.

This wind is cold enough to take the lips

from my face. Stop exaggerating you say,

only you don’t, but re-enact my

chattering teeth pantomime. Brrrr.



The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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2 comments on “Day 4: Brrr
  1. glitterpoet says:

    I really enjoyed these. It would be interesting to see what you would remove from them if you hadn’t allowed for the spaces.

  2. Trio says:

    Cheers! Maybe that could be the next stage of it. I’m enjoying the inner world of Colonoscopy, I know someone who had the photographs of their stomach on their wall….

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