Boonstra Brain Function or Boonstra is seven-line stanzaic poem. It is wordic rather than syllabic and follows the 11-10-9-6-4-2-1 word count. Its main rule is that, it has to do with the function of the brain and body. It means, it focuses on the poem character's actions/movements and thoughts and is not entirely emotion-based.


Example found on the internet:

With my soul under my arms, I walk through the streets
of this big city, that starts to wake up fast.
I have to spend my time window shopping, as
somebody is begging for an Euro
to spare, people pass
not noticing

But of course, we know you can do better, dear writers!



  1. The submitted poem must have a title (Keep it simple with no punctuation marks; all words more than 3 letters must be capitalised)
  2. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit-though only the first submitted poem will be qualified for contention.
  3. Previously published or plagiarised works will not be considered for contention.
  4. Poems found to have been shared on another platform or blog before the declaration of results stand disqualified from the event, and the writer of such content stands to be disqualified for the next Penmancy event.
  5. In case a poem is received after the submission deadline, it shall be considered as a guest entry and shall not qualify for the event.
  6. Entries that don’t follow rules will be published and shared on the page and group but are disqualified for winning.

Winning criteria: 

The announcement of winners may be postponed or preponed depending on the number of entries received.

The winners of the event shall receive a copy of assorted books sponsored by Penmancy.



Below are the submissions