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
anywhere,
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.


#1
S A C C H 
A R I N S 
W E E T N 
E S S L I 
N G E R S

#2
W I N D O
W O U T O
F O U R L
O V E R S

L I V E S

#3
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.

























































Goodnight.