A Writer's Handbook



The Fold

An Experimental Short Form

Gillena Cox, TT

Gillena Cox created the fold form. THE FOLD takes credibility from haiku; it shares moments which are special simply and exactly. Grasping the tools of juxtaposition and contrast, THE FOLD crafts itself into a rhyming form of ELEVEN lines—unlike its three lined haiku progenitor. There is one rhyme continuing throughout the poem, occurring at every other line: uneven lines rhyme. Lines ONE and Two, ELEVEN and TEN carry the same last phrase, to form the EDGES of the FOLD. Line ONE repeats at line FIVE which is the CREASE of the FOLD.

Why eleven lines? I was born on the eleventh day of the month.

Mesmerizing Harangue" in this issue of Sketchbook is an example of the FOLD form.






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