Portfolio Index of Poems and Styles

Portfolio Index of Poems and Styles

The Portfolio Index of Poems and Styles provides information and links to related posts written by me or by those who have inspired or influenced my writing. There are 5 main themes or styles which influence my poetry:

Stream of Consciousness
Free Verse

Poetry is a form of literature which uses aesthetics and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phon-aesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning.


Philosophical poetry starts with a statement of abstraction. Abstraction is the quality of dealing with ideas rather than events. In psychology, abstract thinking is considered higher-order thinking. This philosophical style is discussed in depth in the WSC Philosophical Poetry Workshop.

As the Crows Fly
a Philosophical-styled poem ~ Leah

The Awakening Heart
a Philosophical-styled poem ~ Leah

The Outliers
a Philosophical-styled poem ~ Leah

On Giving, On Freedom, On Reason and Passion
Philosophical-styled poetry ~ Kahlil Gibran


Stream of Consciousness styled poetry builds on the Philosophical style by eliminating the statement of the abstraction at the beginning of the poem. Rather, the poet uses language to imply the meaning or abstraction of the poem in a subtle manner.

Abstractions or themes (i.e. duty, aspiration, loss) with translations of the abstraction are developed through imagery. This is a staple-style for avant-garde publishers looking for a unique voice in free verse. The form provides a visual representation of the abstraction. More about this type of poetry is shared in the WSC Stream of Consciousness Poetry Writing Workshop.

Etchings of a Vagabond
a Stream of Consciousness-styled poem ~ Leah

A Sapphire and Tangerine Rising
a Stream of Consciousness-styled poem ~ Leah

The Homing Path
a Stream of Consciousness-styled poem ~ Leah

a Stream of Consciousness-styled poem ~ Allen Ginsberg


An important step in discovering your unique and authentic voice is a study and experimentation with Confessional poetry. Almost all types of poetry sustain a certain degree of confessional techniques. Likewise, this style of poetry crosses genre lines. The key poetic devices are narration, imagery, metaphor and biography. More about this type of poetry is shared in the WSC Confessional Poetry Writing Workshop.

Six Degrees of Separation
a confessional-styled poem ~ Leah

a confessional-styled poem ~ Leah

a Confessional-styled poem ~ Anne Sexton

Lady Lazarus
a Confessional-styled poem ~ Sylvia Plath


Lyric poetry uses poetic devices include imagery, metaphor, verbal irony, research and analysis of an issue or theme. Notable poets in this genre include Robert Browning, John Keats, Michael Ondaatje, and Charles Baudelaire.

Lyric poetry is a genre that, unlike epic and dramatic poetry, does not attempt to tell a story but instead is of a more personal nature. Poems in this genre tend to be shorter, melodic, and contemplative. Rather than depicting characters and actions, it portrays the poet’s own feelings, states of mind, and perceptions. More about this type of poetry is shared in the WSC Lyric Poetry Writing Workshop.

The Antidote
a Lyric-styled poem ~ Leah

The Pilgrimage
a Lyric-styled poem ~ Leah

White Sweaters and Blue Jeans
a Lyric-styled poem ~ Leah

The Lost Leader
a Lyric-styled poem ~ Robert Browning

Ode to Melancholy
a Lyric-styled poem ~ John Keats


Free verse integrates the styles discussed above as well of others to create a unique brand. I discuss this type of poetry in greater detail in the WSC Free Verse Poetry Writing Workshop.

The Theatre
Free Verse-styled poem ~ Leah

The Puzzle
a Lyric-styled poem ~ Leah

The Lair
a Free Verse-styled poem ~ Leah

Speaking to You (From Rock Bottom)
a Free Verse-styled poem ~ Michael Ondaatje

The Cinnamon Peeler
a Free Verse-styled poem ~ Michael Ondaatje

The Moment
a Free Verse-styled poem ~ Margaret Atwood

The Road Not Taken
a Free Verse-styled poem ~ Robert Frost


Poetry built on a cultural theme or issue can employ different styles and devices to best convey meaning or abstractions.

Foundational to all my writing are my core values, world views, research and philosophies of life and mind. My poetry themed around the essentials for social well-being includes the abstractions of basic needs, individualism, diversity, and integration. This is the link to the Writing Workshop: Cultural Theme and Issues.

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