Posted tagged ‘Matrix Poem’

“Box” – Square Poem

June 28, 2012



I squeeze me, fitting into box;

squeeze all rounding, as sharpness shocks

me, rounding on even muted plaints,

fitting (as even sides) soul’s constraints

into sharpness. Muted soul’s clamped voice

box shocks plaints, constraints–voice noise.

The above is a “square poem” written for dVerse Poets Pub “Form For All” challenge, hosted by Samuel Peralta, and based upon a matrix form developed by Lewis Carroll in which the poem reads both horizontally AND vertically, with the first line of the poem made up of the first word of each line; second line made up of all the second words, etc.  Sam has a wonderful article about the form, so check it out! 

In the case of my poem, PUNCTUATION is very important, as I only intend for pauses to be taken where punctuated, and not at the end of each line.  I tried to make my own recording to illustrate that but so far I haven’t been able to upload it.  (Probably for the best!) 

Aside from checking out dVerse Poets Pub, also check out my books!  (If you have the time and are in the mood for something silly or elephantine.) Children’s counting book 1 Mississippi -for lovers of rivers, light and pachyderms.  Or, if you in the mood for something older, check out Going on Somewhere, poetry, or  Nose Dive, a very fun novel that is perfect for a pool or beachside escape.