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Friday, July 24, 2009

“How-To Poetry Lesson One: Building The Bricks”

I am dieting on elemental words.
Rudimentary prose.

Solid: “the axis”
Liquid: “penetrated”
Air: “bluish-toned rows”

Solid: the/a, a concept or thing with clear empirical verifiability OR inclination towards willful suspension of disbelief via geometric, analytic, and/or commonsensical application; e.g. “a ball, some star, arched lemon, the million little deaths, the millions I’ll never want to again.”

Liquid: basically what you’d think “verbose” meant if you didn’t already know it misleadingly means “wordy.” Verb-y. Pair with slant-rhymed adverbs to generate movement. Morally troublesome words can be limited in embellishment. Animation of non-verbs benefits from the hinting hyphen. e.g. “teeming, frothed, shimmer brimming, viscous slather, rape, violate, cross-bowed, center-folded.”

Air: deconstructive sector of the elemental triad; harnesses language and imagination with matched vigor. The meaning itself is contained entirely within the text. In e.g. “bluish-toned rows,” “rows” offers the physical presence thus far lacking in the stanza and also rhymes with “prose;” “bluish-toned” smoothes the always-abrupt end of the stanza by stitching a hyphen between a universal suffix on the left and a universal prefix on the right; one sees how light, how figure-eighted and muscled and slight -

Exercise. Fill these in. Use your pen.
Solid: ________
Liquid: _______
Air: __________


Next Lesson: “Structuring The Bricks”
Homework: think of Words That Sound Like "Brick" -or- think of Words That Sort Of Sound Like "Brick" But Also Operate Within Similar Systematic Environments.

3 footnotes:

Amy Elisabeth said...

Exercise. Fill these in. Use your pen.
Solid: ________
Liquid: _______
Air: __________

Fill these in. Use your pen.
Cool meter. Fill these in (1,2,3). Use your pen. (1,2,3). List-like, same syllables in triples. Mirrored in the triad: solid, liquid, air. Structure paired (and shown) with poetry best in this part, I think.

Looking forward Structuring The Bricks, Kel.

Thank you again for the book and your painting, and a birthday to eclipse the rest.

I admire and respect you. Nashville will treat you well.

I promise letters and a visit.

Love, Amy

tender buttons said...

The best kinds of friends are the ones who share art supplies and play 1997 Modest Mouse.

take some pics of those murals you're painting for campus. I wanna see.

johnmanning said...

like amy i found the exercise quite poetic.

she missed one though. Its a triumverant, a sequence of three syllable commands.

Exercise (3sybs) fill these in (3sybs) use your pen (3sybs): all three of are in Dactyl meter. you walk a fine line between accident and intuation.