Writing Exercise

by | October 6, 2012 | Writing Exercise | 4 comments

By Ashley Lister

My friends call me Ash
I don’t have much cash
I write about writing
And about sex scenes that can prove positively exciting

As I may have mentioned before, I enjoy poetry exercises because I believe they help all of us with our writing:

  • Poetry is a wonderful way to warm up the writing muscles before starting any writing project.
  • Poetry gets the writer to focus on the strengths and merits of individual words in ways that aren’t usually considered with regular fiction writing.
  • Poetry can be a lot of fun.To that end, I thought we could look at one of my favourite pieces of fun poetry this month: the clerihew.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Say his name gently
He pioneered this verse form
Though critics say there could not be a worse form

The clerihew is a type of verse invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956). Traditionally, the clerihew is a four-line poem made up of two rhyming couplets (aabb). The metre of the clerihew is intentionally, and often ridiculously, irregular. The purpose of the clerihew is to offer a satiric, absurd or whimsical biography of a character.

The Marquis de Sade
Liked his punishment hard
He was an aristocrat – first class
And he liked spanking servant girls on the ass

In the comments box below please feel free to write your own four-line clerihew introducing yourself or introducing one of the characters from your fiction.

Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his second title published under his own name: Swingers: Female Confidential by Ashley Lister (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753513439) Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.


  1. Rachel Green

    Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
    spent his childhood on a hassock
    travelled Europe in third class seating
    but subsequently divorced his wife when she wouldn't beat him.

  2. Ashley R Lister

    Rachel Green:
    The poetry queen.
    She writes with style
    And produces verse that does beguile.



  3. Lisabet Sarai

    Bad poetry? I can do that!

    My name is Lisabet
    My goal's to make you wet
    With tales of sweet lust
    That leave Fifty Shades languishing in the literary dust.

  4. Ashley R Lister

    Well stated Lisabet
    And you do make readers wet
    Unlike those Fifty Shades books I've read
    Which left my libido feeling dead.

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