Writing Exercise – The Diamond Poem

by | May 6, 2015 | Writing Exercise | 11 comments

By Ashley Lister

One of the reasons why I advocate using poetry as a warm up
exercise for writing is because it gets us to think about words in different
ways. When we write poems like the limerick or the sonnet, we end up
considering rhyme patterns. When we write poems like haiku and cinquain, we
count the syllables.  When we write poems
like the triolet or the rictameter, we consider the impact of refrains and the effectiveness
of repetition. This month we’re looking at the diamond poem and considering word

trembles, anticipates
Hand, paddle,
crop, cane.
Shouting, shrieking, screaming

The diamond poem is seven lines long. 1 x noun, 2 x
adjective, 3 x verb, 4 x noun, 3 x verb, 2 x adjective, 1 x noun. 

As I
mentioned before, the benefits from this exercise are considering word classes
and how they are used. Also, as a piece of concrete poetry, I do think diamond
poems look pretty on the page. Another added bonus is, because of the absence
of prepositions, they tend to sound like ‘proper’ poetry.

sliding, gyrating
Dildos, clamps,
clips, vibrators
Plug, Play,
Private, adult

As always, I look forward to
seeing your diamond poems in the comments box below. 

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

    grey-haired, hoary
    slapping, biting, punching
    cuffs, clamps, spreader-bar, gag
    moaning, sobbing, pleading
    wet, needy

    no idea how to centre it, sorry!

    • Ashley Lister


      I'm not sure how to do the centring thing myself in the comments.

      Quality work as always – and the cute inclusion of a hyphen in spreader-bar makes it all the more visually pleasurable.


    • Rachel Green

      Thank you, Ash 🙂

    • Rachel Green

      Thanks, Lisabet 🙂

  2. Stanley Workman

    My girlfriend is a natural blue head.
    A virgin, with a pierced labia.
    Not so much a dog walker, as a member of their pack.
    Pop rock & infinity pools.
    Goose stepping backwards; rewinding history's odometer.
    Selling it as new.

    -Marc Breed
    An Ohio Poet Laureate candidate


  3. Ashley Lister


    Thanks for sharing Marc's poem here. I can see it doesn't fit the restrictive form of the diamond poetry but it's a stylish piece of writing. It's one of those that makes me reconsider the dualities in every line.

    Thank you,


  4. Lisabet Sarai

                  In the Rough
                By Lisabet Sarai

               Naive. Eager.
           Undress, possess, invade.
         Ropes, whips, marks, tears,
              Punished, cherished.

    • Ashley Lister

      Lovely. I think the internal rhymes work so well on this piece, making it flow and giving it a delightful pace.

  5. Rachel Green

    love this, Lisabet.

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