the one-minute pantoum

June 8, 2016

Jacob Jans

We love it when poets get tech-y and invent stuff. Jacob Jans, the brains behind the free weekly email magazine, Authors Publish, has now created a Pantoum Generator.

Uncertain about pantoums? Read more from the Academy of American Poets or the Poetry Foundation.

Better yet, learn by doing. Go to the Pantoum Generator and simply start typing. Use the tab key to navigate between lines. The basic setup gives you four stanzas, but you can add more. As you write, the program inserts the pantoum’s repeated lines in the right place. When you’re done, click the Get Poem button and your pantoum will show up in the bottom window, where you can copy it for pasting elsewhere.

Anyone can do it.

okay let’s try this
put a few words on each line
act as if you’re writing a poem
always hoping the meaning will rise

put a few words on each line
before dawn is the best time
always hoping the meaning will rise
as the sun reaches the crest of Alabama hill

before dawn is the best time
pencils sharpened with spider webs
as the sun reaches the crest of Alabama hill
coffee sheened with hope

pencils sharpened with spider webs
okay let’s try this
coffee sheened with hope
act as if you’re writing a poem

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