A Pair of Giraffes


One of my favorite daily blogs to read is “Suicide Squeeze” written by my blogging friend, Geoff Stamper. His rapier wit and tongue-in-cheek humor is always something that brightens my day. Geoff has a very set structure to his blog posts. His posts are never more than three hundred words. Luckily, he rarely needs that many to be entertaining and leave me laughing. He also has a unique trait of usually writing in one long paragraph. So much so, that it has become something of an inside joke for his followers. Geoff is also very supportive of my writing endeavors and in a recent exchange through the comments section of a blog post I had suggested he could be an exceptional poet if we could just come up with a form that matched his writing style.

With that in mind, I offer the following, the latest form in modern poetry. Very simple form rules here. One paragraph and no more than 300 words. No other rules. Pretty simple and straight forward.


Word art needs a new form. Something geometrically proud and devoid of the common trappings of verse and stanza. Something beyond the rhyming and rhythm of the expected. Where anticipation leads only to disappointment, as structure becomes king and metaphors are just life in other pretty words. Meter and foot fall to the wayside as we look hard at the words no longer hidden in the finery of vocabulary. Where content requires no context and not every sky is azure, as they always seem to be. Gone the flights of fancy and remiss in the wanting for a rhyme, it would stand on its own. Lines cast together in a pond without any fish. Where what is caught is the reader off guard. Something to laugh in the faces of poets yore, stifled by their rules and consternation. Could art exist in this cubic world? Can an imagination be unleashed by something so mundane? It must be true. For art is form and yet formless. It is ruled and yet uncontrollable. It spills out into our lives in ways we never expect and often do not realize. It is magic after all. Art can be whatever it wants to be or nothing at all. Is it artistry to follow in another’s footsteps, a regurgitation of the known? Art cannot be so easily bound. It cannot be constrained. Even the unregulated art of prose has its line breaks and caesura. Yet, we praise it as formless and Avant Garde. But it is just a derivative of all that came before. We must search out the untested, the unproven, the unremarkable. And there in the fresh soil we plant a seed and watch it grow. We create something, so far outside the box that in the end, is really just a box.


So, there you have it.  A new form of poetry that pushes the envelope of worded art. Now all we need is a name for it. Any suggestions?


25 Responses to “A Pair of Giraffes”
  1. beth says:

    i love his style and am a loyal follower as well. i think i was connected to him through you, actually, so thanks

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I’m impressed you created a style of poetry without rules, except paragraph form and word length. You are well aware of my feelings on freestyle poetry!

    I do like a challenge, however, and this is right up my alley!

    I have never read any of Geoff’s stuff, but I should!

    Thank you for introducing him, and for creating this modern form of poetry.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Geoff’s posts are always entertaining. I love his sense of humor. Thank you, Kristian! It was fun to create something so not like other forms. And I know you love your free form poetry!

  3. Very interesting Brad. Although I am not a seeker of originality, I do honk the search for ways to improve upon the past are very important in art.

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I am also a fan of Geoff’s writing and his wonderful sense of humor. I also read his book, Suicide Squeeze, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Perhaps this new form could be called Tricentennial, in homage to its 300 word limit…

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I haven’t been following Geoff for a long time, but I’m hooked. He is a hilarious guy.

  6. I am taken aback by the attention even though I am a shameless self promoter. Brad, you have a gift. You can move people to tears, laughter and everything in between. You attract classy followers which is poetic justice. Of course, I personally love your newest art form but expect you may have pushed the envelope off a cliff!

  7. K.L. Hale says:

    A couple of giraffes~love it. Love the style and words (I’m now following Geoff!). Bring a fan of the movie, how about 300? Simply, Cardinal 300! Lol

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    I too love the movie 300 Gerard Butler and Dominic West, oh yes. I like that name too. You could also call it Block Poetry but that doesn’t sound to poetic. I too have found that on occasion I just like to write a paragraph about what I am feeling although most of my work has some rhythm, it is my own style. Thank you my talented friend. Sending big hugs and love ❤️ Jonikins

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