While there are many forms from around the world that begin with the letter J, I delighted in discovering this one over at PoetryBase called Johnn (for its creator).
This post contains Amazon and other affiliate links, that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission. Thank you for your support. Please see the full disclosure for more information. I only recommend products I definitely would (or have already) use myself
The Johnn Poetic Form
A poetic form created mainly to help AtoZers like me 🙂 This one is short and long at the same time! How so? You ask me. Well, read on to understand why I say that.
Thanks to PoetryBase where I found this form.
What is the Johnn Poetic Form?
A simple syllabic three-verse form with the title preceding each verse, where each verse is spread across five lines.
At its most basic, the Johnn’s characteristics are that it is:
- Versed: has three verses
- Syllabic: the three verses are split across five lines with the following syllable counts: 2, 3, 4, 3, 2/ 4, 6, 8, 6, 4/ 2, 3, 4, 3, 2.
- With a refrained title: The same title precedes each of the three verses giving an element of repetition
This is how it looks
What Tugs At My Heartstrings?
What Tugs At My Heartstrings?
When they hug me,
And sometimes when they don’t.
All those tiny treasured moments
Be it a heart-to-heart
Or even when not.
What Tugs At My Heartstrings?
On my cheek,
a “Love you, ma,”
~Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
Author/Illustrator Bruce Degen
Genre: Children’s Poetry/Classics (4 – 8 years, and up)
A small boy and a big friendly bear embark on a berry-picking extravaganza, looking for blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. Their fun adventure comes to a razzamatazz finale under a starberry sky.
I needed to read this a few times over, simply for the sheer joy of it, the rhymes, the berries everywhere, the clever ways Degen inserts berries into the rhymes, the friendship and happiness of doing the everyday things that shines through, and last but not the least, the colorful and adorable illustrations.
So very joyous and jubilant and jammy!! Now I need some berries for myself, and some jam too.
Get it here
Related Reads and Suggested Activities
- Pair Jamberry with some berry picking activities at a local farm near you, and make some jam (or not!). If you live in the US, you can use U-Pick Farm Locator to find one in your area.
- Check out this Multigrain Berry Fruity Coffeecake recipe
- Or this Grilled Oatmeal that is a hearty and unique twist to regular oatmeal
- If you have not read Robert McCloskey’s Blueberries for Sal, you should check it out
Ten 12 Poets I Want to Read
This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl is top ten authors I haven’t read yet, but want to. Considering I am focusing on poetry this month, I am picking
ten 12 poets instead. I am guessing I might have read a poem or two by these poets, but I can’t recall so here they are on this list for I do want to, have to read them soon. If you need more poets, you can also check out this list of 12 women poets to read.
As for the poets below, if you have read any of them, I would love to get reading recommendations from you. Which of their poems/books/collections should I read first?
- Joy Harjo
- Ocean Vuong
- Bhanu Kapil
- Claudia Rankine
- Derek Walcott
- Seamus Heaney
- Julia Alvarez
- Francisco X. Alarcón
- Aimee Nezhukumatathil
- Louise Glück
- Arundhati Subramanian
- Vikram Seth (as a poet)
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear readers, have you read the featured book? I would love to hear your thoughts (if you have read them) as well as recommendations for similar books. What do you think about the Johnn poetic form? Will you attempt one? Hope you try this one or any other I have mentioned so far. You can check them out in the links below:
Day 0 Day 1 – A Day 2 – B Day 3 Day 4 – C Day 5 – D Day 6 – E Day 7 – F Day 8 – G Day 9 – H Day 10 Day 11 – I
Linking up to BlogChatterA2Z, Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge, NaPoWriMo, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge
17 thoughts on “Johnn Not John on a Jaunt for Jam”
I love ur book suggestions..jamberries seems cute….my daughter loves Masha and bear but this looks much better
All the thinks u mentioned tug my heart too…bful lines
Dropping by from a to z http://afshan-shaik.blogspot.com/
Hi Vidya. I enjoy visiting on your blog. Because of my love for poetry. This is an interesting form and a poem to warm the heart. I hope you’re going to keep the posts because I’ve missed some and would love to come back. Also, any specific post on iambs? Looking for links to practice enough.
I have a hard time forcing myself into the particular forms. But you’ve done a good job with the rhythm.
Ridge Haven Homestead
Great twist on the theme! I love poetry but really stuck in the white-male-privileged canon which irks me, so any recommendations?
Ocean Vuong I want to read as both novelist and poet and Seamus Heaney is wonderful.
This is my list of new authors I am excited to read soon!
I’ve really liked Vuong’s work. May you enjoy it, too.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-authors-i-havent-read-but-want-to/
Poetry is a great A to Z theme. I enjoyed you poem. Great post.
Stopping in from A to Z: https://brewingcoffeetwistingwordsbreakingpencils.ca/2022/04/12/jog/
I haven’t read any poetry for ages but hope you enjoy your list
I hope you love all of these authors when you get to them.
I love this form! Had me thinking of writing a poem using this, and revive my poem blog.
This is awesome! I am always looking for new forms of poetry! It’s been a minute since I’ve written poetry, but I want to get back into it!
Those are things that tug at my heartstrings too. More so hugs from the little ones.
This form may look simple in form but I think harder to write it down yourself. Looking forward for the next challenge.
One of my favorite poetry styles!
I like the poetry format, I think it would help me develop more creative writing skills. And I will have to keep Jamberry in mind for my grandson! Thank you!
Another new poetic form to me. I think your attempts were very successful. Nicely done!
Tossing It Out
I haven’t read any of these! I need to remember to keep visiting your blog for great poetry recs.
I am an avid reader and always on the look for some good reads. I enjoy coming to your blog for the best reads.