Free Verse Poetry

In preparation for the upcoming Evening of Favorite Poems, I began thinking about what kinds of poetry people might like to share. In recent years, free verse poetry has taken the world by storm, moving the spirit in intricate and vast ways by simply being what it is: wild and unorganized human expression. Not sure how to write in free verse? Worry not!

Here are some examples of free verse poems that might help get you started on some poetry of your own, and of course, don’t forget to join us next Tuesday night at 7PM in the library and share!

After the Sea-Ship by Walt Whitman

After the Sea-Ship—after the whistling winds;

After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes,

Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening, lifting up their necks,

Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship:

Waves of the ocean, bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,

Waves, undulating waves—liquid, uneven, emulous waves,

Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,

Where the great Vessel, sailing and tacking, displaced the surface;

Washed Away by Katherine Foreman

Nothing’s changed except me and the facts

And the sadness I didn’t mean to start.

But it feels different now you’ve said

It’s wrong, and I still can’t see your point.

And I think as water runs over my hands that

That’s really all there is or can be.

The gold is wearing off the infamous ring

And something wears away from around my heart.


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