Poetry Society of Tennessee

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


The SCOT is a variable, titled, short form containing 15-18 poetic feet. Rhythm is optional; no rhyme is required.

Line 1: S = 4 poetic feet
Line 2: C = 5
Line 3: O = 2-5
Line 4: T = 4

Here are two examples, both by Tom McDaniel, who created the form as a tribute to his heritage.


Grave streams of peat course down to feed
the loch where thrives the living Capricorn.
To save a swimmer, Saint Columba banned
bane beast and cast it yawn below.


When Mother’s Day is past, I plunge
to angle at the lake. Blue motor boat
just drones me to a zone,
each weekend charmed until the fall.

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