Writing Exercise – The Lanturne Poem

by | July 6, 2016 | Writing Exercise | 4 comments

 by Ashley Lister

I’m keeping it short this month. I’ve got a book release on
July 7th and a launch party on July 10th. Raven and Skull is my first foray into
horror and, so far, I’m enjoying good reviews. (If you’re interested in finding
out more about Raven and Skull, please check it out on Amazon).

Because of this release and launch, I’m running round in a
haze of marketing and promotion that’s not giving me two full minutes to think
about poetry. Therefore, I thought it would be fun here this month to look at a
very short syllabic form: the lanturne poem.

deep inside
then another

The lanturne poem is a five line syllabic form that follows
the structure of 1, 2, 3, 4, 1. The idea is that a finished lanturne poem
should look like a lantern. I like this one because it’s so succinct. The
limited number of syllables forces a very strict use of language and there’s no
scope for waffle.

your lips
against mine
tongues intertwined

hands explore
flesh touches flesh

followed by a

As always, I look forward to seeing your 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. Lisabet Sarai

    Looks easy. Maybe deceptively so!

    • Ashley Lister

      Yes. deceptively easy. Can't wait to see what you produce.

  2. Martin Gross

    want to
    flicker my
    tongue against your

    I don't
    know how to
    centre the words

  3. Ashley Lister

    Martin – love this for two reasons:

    1 – it's a fun poem that's well structured and entertaining.

    2 – I now know that you pronounce 'ear' as a single syllable (eer), unlike some of my friends who pronounce it as two (ee-arr).

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