Most of us go through life, going to school, getting a job, paying bills, raising a family, then getting old, finding a hobby, and dying. We mostly do this without bumping into “movements”. Somewhere I took a turn on the path of life and I seem to run into things that boggle my mind. maybe it started with Jackson Pollock, then on to the guy I can never remember who simply painted canvases a color. As many of you know, I am a poet, and as some of you know, I have been taking a Modern Poetry class. Poets have more movements, and talk about them more than a senior center (don’t even pretend you don’t know what im talking about!).
A few weeks ago I learned about Acrostics
which is saying something with the capital letters at the front of a poem. I wrote this, as an example:
It’s only Poetry
Why do people
Tawdry word they
Hear spoken or
Even written on the
Fairest of pages
Cannot change nor
Keep the beauty
The poem nor
Slight the art
Of being creative
Long before the gods of art. not
The ruling class
Religious leaders and certainly not
Now we have moved on to:
The term “mesostic” was coined by Norman O. Brown to describe the acrostic-like letter structures that John Cage used when writing short occasional prose-poems. These commemorative pieces were free verse structured by using an index of letters taken from the name of the dedicatee as a spine.
a utility aMong swAllows is theiR musiC. thEy produce it mid-air to avoid coLliding. . . . the sounDs of the bUgle were out of my Control, tHough without my hAving Made the effort they wouldn't have been Produced.
– from 36 mesostics re and not re Marcel Duchamp (1970)
While studying for a writing assignment I clicked on a link to lipograms: http://everything2.com/title/Lipogram
which is the art of writing around a missing letter or collection of letters.
I was “inspired” to try something a little different. Mine almost looks like text-speak:
I wondr at th naming of a writing styl that rqui no rduction on the part of th ditor, but shars th lack of a lttr or two with lipograms. The diffrnc is that lipograms writ around missing lttrs, whras this form simply dlts the lttr post writing. In this cas the lttr “” has bn rmovd.