POETS AS INVENTORS
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Meet Frieda Risvold, 2008 Washington Senior Poet Laureate and Inventor of the new Poetry Form known as "The Atom."
Frieda and her husband Denny, shown in this photograph, live in Seattle, where her "Atom" poetry was inspired by haiku/senryu form which traditionally has three lines with 5-7-5 syllables. Frieda's "Atom" also follows a three-line 5-7-5 configuration, but the count-per-line is in letters rather than syllables. Line 1 has five letters, Line 2 has seven letters and Line 3 has five letters (not counting spaces or punctuation). Traditional haiku/senryu are untitled, with no capital letters or punctuation; however, Frieda says title and style of presentation are optional.
According to Frieda, "This 'Atom' form was inspired by the 'micro' invention in the June 2006 Diploemat, newsletter of Amy Kitchener's Angels Without Wings Fdn. —page 3--by Nita Karpf." She adds: "If the name Atom is not appropriate for some reason, it could be called 'mini' or whatever you feel might describe it better. If this form has already been invented please let me know its name. "
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