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Tag Archives: Concrete Poetry
Simple Studies # 3
Rapidly: Or As Fast as You Can Dock da do yes tin toy cheese gig gas go inch arch hip zone scraunch beam coo boo bass ball bell Fish milk jump bowl thrutch boast screech no oil roof nail lip arch moon crawl drift dig gag gear voice Beam damp rain inch hep silk sparse scrooch sour neat Cry egg bee boost zoo pee bot chop chill drink Deem dress kiss be moo ba oak mouth nest peach bald air calm gog lunch poem here now be it said cut Bath peace game sleep shy tone boot bike dust dew leaf mold mad merge fruit fly thick toe hoe mow oh ho Cheat dum sheet awk guide dum read coop rope spring Near leg far soft flesh scar how can you tell Down then turn whole work wide tool toss Wet watch beach bow bow. (being a transcription of Leo Brouwer's Etudes Simples #3)
Variations on a Theme
One word at a time.
At a time one word.
At a word one time.
Word data time.
One word one time.
At a one time word
at a me wime tord
twon word town time
drown mod me at
meet word time mate
one word at a time
at a time one word
a word one time at
a time word one
excuse me sir
you dropped a word
where there is
look to the heavens
look to the skies
look at the mud pies
stuck in the gutters
rise rise rise down
falling swimming with
there is no progression
now is the time
Poem: Handle with Care
in confined space
May be placed
Along Dotted Line
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Do Not Read!
A Flight of Birds
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“A poem should be wordlessArs Poetica
As the flight of birds.”
BY ARCHIBALD MACLEISH
This is another table poem – the words and lines formatted within the rectangles of a table inserted into a document. The table consists of 5 columns and 21 rows. A kind of counterpoint is created when the poem is read horizontally, vertically, diagonally. Formatting widgets (spacing, alignments left or right, cuts, etc.) have been added as musical accent marks.
|point||part s||po sh||not|
|ass ump tion||sit sting||out||
|c u t|
|how||l o n g|
l o n g
|un clear||im precise||lack s||clar ity||cri tic|
a hack’s ear
|∀||u ate||shun||too smpl||not|
Ires & Ears & Reader Satisfaction Survey
Instructions: Read each row left to right, then, in each empty cell in the first column, insert a word that irks you. In the corresponding empty cell in the far right column, insert your irky word’s opposite. If you can’t think of a word that irks you, insert a word that feels good to your ears. (Note: You may also read the words by column, top to bottom, or bottom to top – individual reader experience may vary.)
Reader Satisfaction Survey
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|I’ll probably stop reading your blog soon:|
|I’d rather listen to the radio or watch TV:|
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|You should sponsor some giveaways:|
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|I have enough clothes to suit my needs:|
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|My socio-economic demographic sucks:|
Thank you for visiting The Coming of the Toads and for participating in the survey.
A few gratuitous pics for this post, because some readers have come to expect pics with words, and, believe it or not, appreciate a good selfie when they see one:
Vowel Motion & Consonant Commotion
|oval verbs||Uranus||Your > yr|
|funa||[this space left blank]||fank|
|Umbrella||#dearjohn||Adieu Aeiou – Ah, You!|
|Click and clack||bicycle rack||tongue and tooth|
|cat myrrh-th||parts, spokes||and wheels|
|Sly tryst||Hymnal||perpendicular hill|
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|AND NOT WHAT?|
|nothing||Peaceful city||nothing goin’ on|
|Slow whisper||shy summer||down by the wyrm bay|
|consonants||moving||by & by|
Look Inside Scamble & Cramble
Readers can now look inside “Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats and Other Tall Tales.”
Take a look!
Scamble and Cramble Find Readers
“Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats and Other Tall Tales” is finding readers with enthusiastic response.
I gave ZZ a proof copy to test the waters. She dug it, and smiled when she saw the dedication page, and started in reading immediately, and when she got to the song, nothing would do but she had to sing it aloud. “Scamble and Cramble” is a hit!
But I had already decided to change the cover, which has delayed the “look inside” feature, which I had wanted to wait for before saying much more about the book. But I’ve been getting these pics from readers, and they make for a great review! Thanks to ZZ and Briana and Felicia and crew.
Something new happens on almost every page of “Scamble and Cramble.” Readers are surprised as they see the characters take shape and run with the stories. There are pages to read, and pages simply to watch. There are things to find. There’s a parade, a cast of characters, portraits, stories, talking cats and other animals, and Peepa and Moopa seem a new species. There are happy and sad tales, and Nana and Papa make an appearance. And it’s all told with commonly used keyboard symbols.
A look inside of “Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats and Other Tall Tales”:
- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1533501084
- ISBN-13: 978-1533501080
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches