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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

poetry, lewis carroll, kerouac... oh, and sufjan!

i spent my yesterday at the uk library reading about analogous and pattern poetry. pretty cool stuff...
i've always thought that if i wanted to, i could just do this everyday for the rest of my life. i mean, there's thousands of thousands of book in just this one library. even if i read about a book a day (pretty impossible, judging by the size and depth of the books), i would still never be able to finish the entire library. but imagine if i did! all that knowledge accumulated, it would be tremendous.
anyway, i thought i would share some of the more interesting ideas today, take a break from posting my poetry. (thanks, by the way, to all the friendly visitors and commentors that have been stopping by as of late. i really appreciate your encouragement and insights!)
so, here goes:
analogous poetry (from what i understand of it) basically strives to combine the units of language (as in sound, syntax) to reflect the artistic expression and structures of other art forms, like music and visual art.
so, punctuation marks, spacing, word choice, units of sound, all of these are considered to order and structure a poem's overall expression of an idea or feeling.
in short, using sound to create sense.
tautograms are sound poems in which the sound comes from the repetition of a letter or word. highly alliterative. popular in the middle ages and 17th century (why not now?)
sound poems are poems in which the sound is structured more than the sense, an intermedium between music and poetry (i just love that idea).
there were other pretty cool ones that i never knew of before, but had seen.
like labyrinths, which are poems which intertwine, kinda like the interconnecting knots in celtic art, so that one poem may have several dozen different readings, because you can begin with any letter, or any word in the entire thing, read it in any direction, so the various combinations amount to incredible possibilities in meaning.
another discovery, the code or puzzle poem, which can take various forms, uses a base set of letters and changes them in each line to reveal a different phrase. like this example, which is in a cube form:
manuscripts are long poems in which the shape of the line is used to convey a physical picture (often confused with shape poetry). lewis carroll wrote a lot of manuscript poems, especially for alice in wonderland.
in fact, i was reading one of these poems while listening to a little sufjan (yes, sufjan), and the way the two art forms complemented each other was really quite remarkable. it was totally coincidental, but the sounds and rhythms of the poem and the music were perfectly complimentary. i felt like i was channeling the universal pool of creative energy... or something.
in fact, it moved me to write a kerouac-style haiku:
carroll speaking to me through manuscript
sufjan's wailing in my ears rhyming with the past
as vowels lingered in the air.
well, that's all for now. i gotta do some more reading!


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