PoemAZ

PoemAZ RULES

PoemAZ is a method of special composition of modern, minimalist and discursive poems. The system is inspired in the sequence of the letters of the alphabet adopted in portuguese. It was created in August 2010 by the author, whose first name Irina means in its language of origin “PEACE“. Both, the rules of procedure regarding the four initial poems that gave origin to it are from her authorship and are duly registered. The rules are simple and can provide very interesting poems. The rules are the following:

01) The title for a PoemAZ is free choice.

02) The PoemAZ should not have more than 14 verses including the title.

03) Modern Versification: metric and rhyme are not mandatory.

04) All PoemAZ should receive a title of free design. However, the title should not have more than three words, including any articles or particles of connection (prepositions and conjunctions).
Examples:

A Blue Dream (three words);
Living from Illusions (three words);
You and I (three words);
My Life (two words);
Loves (one word).

05) The first word of the poem itself must start by letter A, not admitting here the use of article, preposition or conjunction. For example:

Alive Being a Corps (correct);
A Beautiful Child (wrong);
A Big Coffee (wrong);
Accept a Better Civilization (correct);
Amazing Brazilian Carnival (correct);
Boring Concert (wrong);
A Bestial Crop (wrong).

06) The initial of each word must follow the alphabetical sequence, in relation to the previously employed. In this way the poem should begin with a word initiated by letter A, followed by another started by B; then: C, D, E, F, G… and so on successively until you reach the Z letter. See the examples at the end. The next topic complements this.

07) Due to the scarcity in our language (portuguese) from words starting by K, W, X, Y and Z, the use of terms beginning with these letters becomes optional (feel free to use it in english poems). A poem that develops with vocabularies initiated sequentially by letters A to V following all other rules, already could be considered a PoemAZ.

08) The first letter of each word inserted for compliance with the sequence must be written in capital letter and highlighted in bold: Amazing Brazilian Carnival.

09) The example of what occurs in the first PoemAZ in the verse of “K in remembrance,” admits, excepts the exposed in the topic four, the use of articles and elements of connection between the terms (prepositions and conjunctions). The objective is to allow better syntax. Such uses, though, must be restricted to the minimum, being preferable abstention, always that do not demonstrate indispensable. 10) prepositions and connectives can possibly be used as word sequential, when its entry coincide with the order.

10) Prepositions and conjunctions can possibly be used as sequential word when its entry coincide with the order. For example: for that thou shouldest be for Thee.

11) The PoemAZ is pointed according to the rules of grammar.

12) Again the example of the first PoemAZ, the last verse admits the breakage of the sequence, since the last word of the poem resume the sequence in the interrupted mark  and terminates in V, X, Y or Z, according the case.

13) The last word of PoemAZ is composed in high box. However, only the initial must receive bold: ZEUS.

Below, the four Irina Sopas inaugural works and one more made subsequently by Ricardo Alfaya applying the method: