Sunday, November 30, 2014

Block Three: Erasure Poetry #1

This is a form I had a lot of fun with, and intend to do more of.
"Erasure is a form of found poetry or found art created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem. " - Wikipedia

Now, I don't know where this form came from, but it reminds me strongly of Rauschenberg's erased Willem de Kooning,  minus the scandal.  We commonly print thousands of genuine copies of books, and only one genuine copy of paintings, but the act of losing content does tug faintly on the heartstrings even if you're only defacing an old book of vapid children's poems.  The price of progress.
Also related is The DaDa Vinci Code, where someone is making erasure poetry out of the pages of the Dan Brown novel, and doing a very good job of it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Block Two: Found Poetry

"Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original." - from Wikipedia

Taken from Introduction to Electrostatics.

A simple electrostatic configuration
Consisting of four conductors
with charges,
so the plusses are near the minuses. 
It all looks very comfortable.

Now, what happens if we join them in pairs, by tiny wires?
You might well guess that nothing will happen
Well, that sounds reasonable,
but it’s wrong. 

The configuration is impossible,
for there are now effectively two conductors
and the total charge on each
is zero. 

One possible way to distribute zero charge
is to have no accumulation of charge
and hence zero field everywhere. 

This must be the solution.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Twelve Blocks of Concrete: Block One.

Twelve Blocks Of Concrete:  
It's exam time.  This means I am clambering for distractions.  This also means I am going to post every three days or so a "Block of concrete"  This will be one or several poems in an unusual form.
The inspiration comes from "Concrete Poetry".  
  • Concrete or shape poetry is poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme and so on.It is sometimes referred to as visual poetry, a term that has evolved to have distinct meaning of its own, but which shares the distinction of being poetry in which the visual elements are as important as the text. - (Wikipedia).
These will be experimental.   I have neither the experience nor the fame to justify the worth of these poems on the back of my name alone.  You may not like them, and that is okay.  You may like them for some silly reason, or for reasons you can't quite place.  That is okay.  Concrete poetry is something I like for silly and difficult to explain reasons, but I like it a lot and want to see what I can do with it.

My first block: This is an idea I thought up: twenty-five letter long poems, arranged into five by five blocks of letters.  The appeal comes in the visual appearance of repeating letters, like tiling, and in the gradual revealing of words as your mind dissects and interprets the squares.

S A C C H 
A R I N S 
W E E T N 
E S S L I 



I F O R G 
E T B O T 
H : D R E 
A M S & W 
I S D O M 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Eyes on for Late Nights

On Friday I walked with a friend to his flat in Mornington, then back to mine in North Dunedin. On the way back I took photos on my cellphone. They're not flash, but hopefully interesting.