Monday, February 25, 2013

A Broken Monoku (form)--By Ralph Stott--England

the town sleeps at night

...........the city lives the dream.

Ralph Stott was born in Kent, England in 1957. He is married and has two daughters.  He studied design at the Medway College of Design in the mid-70's. Expressing ideas through the written/visual media, has always interested him. Ralph began to dedicate more time to poetry with The Writers and Poetry Alliance, in particular the 'Stylists' forum, over the last 3 years. He has self published one book called Legends For Lunchtime; a collection of short stories and has a second book pending called Twist and Twist Again, which is a collection of Twister poems, a form he created.


  1. Super poem - your words tie this style together nicely...


  2. Thank you Rhoda for your words. I will explore the site and its poets :-) best wishes Ralph. .....Its a tricky style, i feel i have some way to go with it

  3. l like the personification of the town here. Interesting style.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts. Poetry i hope will always hold our interest and shape our view. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my piece.

  4. There are so many layers of meaning in these two statements and how profound is the difference. Having lived in both I knew exactly what you were implying.
    Thanks for a great new way to stretch our poetic muscles.

  5. Thanks for your comments. Its a rewarding style but also frustrating to acheive! I live in a village but live near enough to London to appreciate both! Thanks again, ralph.

  6. Dear Ralph,

    Thank you for taking time to comment on others' poems today. It is encouraging people like you that make Whispers a community of writers--something I really hoped for when I started the site. Thank you also for sharing your wonderful poem. I see others are enjoying it to.


  7. Ralph your piece captures this genre I created to a tee.You can hear me read one of my latest style on youtube here Best wishes with your writing Rgds Brian

  8. Thanks Brian. I enjoy the space between the two lines, that this 'style' can convey. Will visit your link. Thanks again, ralph.

  9. Hi Ralph,

    I enjoyed your broken monuko very much. The image it portrays and leaving one to think - as I enjoy visiting the city but prefer the quiet country setting better. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your kind comments.


  10. Thanks for your thoughts, i am glad you enjoyed the form. The monoku is an intrigueing style! Ralph.

  11. Oh dear Ralph -

    How I love succinct original verse - packed with lots of meaning. (really I do love brief brief poetry).


  12. This monoku are the final words of my forthcoming self publication 'Twist and Twist Again'. A book of 10 word verse. Thanks for your encouragement. I will keep you posted if i may? Best wishes, ralph.

  13. Thank you Ralph for this unique form of poetry. At first it seems simplistic as it uses only a few words to convey what a reader grasps! But then you give this city life in dreams, a pulse and you allow the reader to imagine and open up the senses and you can feel, see, taste, smell and long to share in that dream. Loved it! Love Jane

  14. thank you jane. sorry so long in replying. i really appreciate your comments. keep writing! .......