“Selected Ballads, Villanelles, Couplets, Tanka Sequences, Cinquains & Triplets” is a selection of the best of each of these poetic styles from the author’s previous 8 books of poetry. These older forms of poetry have been there for centuries. But, fewer and fewer poets are writing in these constricted styles. However, in reality, each of these forms carries their own strength and weakness. It is a challenge to leverage each style (that applies to free verse also), to explore and maximize the power of poetic thoughts. The selections here are the result of this striving.