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Poets use form to challenge themselves by the form’s limitations. Poets also use form to participate in poetic tradition. In many cases, poets push against the limitations for forms as a way to push against the traditions which created those forms. Specific forms, however, have specific strengths which allow for specific dynamics to arise in the poem. To this end, poets have often created new forms as ways to reference new cultural limitations, create new traditions and make possible new dynamics. Fiction writers, however, have not made as much intentional use of form, though we often do abide inside of received forms. But what are the fiction forms? What are fictional elements in the world that might be called upon as references for new written fictional forms? What new fiction forms does our culture need now?
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