Topic: Thank you to Odin
Thank you, Odin, for founding the Free Verse Poets group. Here we are, just the two of us so far. I hope the group will be a place where I can learn what free verse is really meant to be. I sort of invented my own merely by reading a lot of good published poets.
I've been studying Mary Oliver's "A Poetry Handbook" in which she says of free verse, "Rhythm underlies everything." She also says, "Alter the line length or the established rhythm when you want to, or need to, or choose to, to change the very physiological mood of the reader." But she warns: " Change the line length or rhythm arbitrarily, or casually, and you have puzzled and sensually irritated the reader -- thrown him from his trance of interest and pleasure."
So I conclude that free verse is not really free of rules.