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Ekphrastic Epulaeryu


Iolands Scripca, US


Photo by Iolanda Scripca with a Canon SX210 IS

Epulaeryu Pear Squares


Flour, sugar, butter, nuts
Rained with cinnamon
Yogurt, salt, vanilla, egg
Baking soda, pears
Forty minutes baked
Smell of Fall

The Epulaeryu Poetry form was invented by Samuel Black in 2006. The “Epulaeryu” poem is about delicious food. It consists of seven lines with thirty-three (33) syllables. The first line has seven syllables, the second line five, the third line seven, the fourth line five, the fifth line five, the sixth line three, and the seventh line has only one syllable which ends with an exclamation mark (7/5/7/5/5/3/1/ ). Each line has one thought relating to a main course of a meal. This new poetic form, the Epulaeryu, with corresponding lines built around a main course, ends  with an exclamation point. The ending line expresses the writer’s excitement and feelings about the poem/food.




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