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Title: Picture book in non-rhyme verse?
Post by: SarahW on June 29, 2014, 09:11 PM
Are picture books that have un-rhymed verse considered on the same merits as picture books with rhyming poetry? I tend to write non rhyming picture books, though it still has the line breaks to make it poetry.
Title: Re: Picture book in non-rhyme verse?
Post by: Arona on June 30, 2014, 05:11 AM
You say line breaks...? You aren't talking about where the stress falls from line to line?
Title: Re: Picture book in non-rhyme verse?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on June 30, 2014, 09:06 AM
Make sure your meter is spot on and go for it. You can submit it in the poetic format.
Title: Re: Picture book in non-rhyme verse?
Post by: SarahW on June 30, 2014, 11:56 AM
Ah cool, I'll submit it then.

Well something like haiku or haikai no renga.

I'll still need to edit Eika's Deck though, as it's gone off format. :P
Title: Re: Picture book in non-rhyme verse?
Post by: jeanne k on June 30, 2014, 02:12 PM
Even picture books that don't rhyme should have rhythm.  The sentence length, phrasing, and words should be carefully selected to optimize that rhythm. It sounds like that's what you're doing.

If you're talking about picture books that are in an "official" non-rhyming poetic form, I've seen a few picture books written in haiku.

I would say that if your "line breaks" make sense for the rhythm of your manuscript, that's how you should write it up and submit it. You can briefly explain it in your cover letter.

I'd love to see more non-rhyming rhythmic picture books.
Title: Re: Picture book in non-rhyme verse?
Post by: SarahW on June 30, 2014, 02:31 PM
I actually saw one that was like composed of cinquains (another form I love.) :D