As a person who loves to be inventive in my own way, it was a while back that having been inspired by the likes of the Sonnet, Limerick and Haiku, I thought about trying to develop my own poetic format. This is what I ended up developing. Who knows, maybe it will catch on.
I call it Singular Linearism.
The name is a result of the fact that it is made up only lines of a single word or single small phrase of less that 5 words. The full piece can be either 16 or 20 lines. And the structure is as follows:
If 16 lines –
Lines 1 – 3 – One word
Line 4 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
Lines 5 – 7 – One word
Line 8 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
Lines 9 – 11 – One word
Line 12 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
Lines 13 – 15 – One word
Line 16 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words
If using 20 lines the phase should be at lines 5, 10, 15 and 20.
If you are a poetry fan and from the Pittsburgh area, chances are you might know Ann Curran for her work. She’s been writing for publications and putting out poems in the region for several years. This is the first book of her’s that I have had the pleasure to read and thus I wanted to take the time to give credit where it is due.
The book includes more than 100 poems with a variety of themes and styles. Some are very intense while others come off as whimsical or even a bit comedic in nature. All are penned in a literary form that showcases simplicity but still somehow manages to present readers with a lot of description and and keep them engaged.
The author moves between formats as that in some cases she uses rhyme while in others it’s more of a free verse style.
All in all, I enjoyed it and would say it’s well worth checking out for any fan of the poetic arts.
You can find this book on Amazon or get it though your favorite bookseller.
Anybody who has even a casual knowledge of music history knows about the one and only Johnny Cash. He was known for his deep words and often melancholic tone. But until recently, few realized that we also wrote poetic works.
In a book called “Johnny Cash: Forever Words,” his son collected 41 pieces that he had skillfully crafted and had them published for music and literary buffs. I got my copy a few weeks back but have not yet gotten much of a change to delve in.
If this is something you might like, check it out today.
It is available at retailers such as Amazon or can be ordered at your local bookseller.
Here is a short list of some of my favorite works of master poets.
Guest post by Kevin Morris
In the car park.
The truth stark
With the leaves
Who do not deceive.
Yet to grieve
Over lost hope
Helps no one cope.
As the rain
On the window pane
Of a chain Café
Where I picked up the bill to pay.
No doubt, all this will seem far away.
Kevin Morris was born in Liverpool on 6 January 1969. Having obtained a BA (hons) in history and politics, and an MA in political theory from the University College of Swansea, Kevin Moved to London where he now lives and works.
All of Kevin’s books can be found on Amazon. For his latest collection of poetry, “Refractions” please visit, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L5UC2H2.
This world can be a crazy place
These are surely trying times. As such, I put my thoughts and feelings into this poem. It’s a bit abstract but not nearly as much as some of my work and may very well cause some individuals to be a bit turned off or even angered. But, how each person reacts is up to he or she and aren’t two the the major reasons for the creation of any art the ability to make people feel and the ability to make them think?
Well, here goes:
Being put out into the sky
Lies, lies, lies
And beamed back into boxes
That infect our ears and eyes
They put them to the page
Either with keyboard or pen ink
Hoping they will steal
Your ability to think
Now they have largely succeeded
This goal they have achieved
Young and old alike
Both so willingly deceived
A slavery freely chosen
They are promised material things
Either ignorant or uncaring
The “poor” living as kings
And when the truth comes out
They decry it as hate
Somehow still content
With their own decaying fate
Quite a lot of art today focuses on more than one type of media. However, it’s not that often that you may find a creative effort that uses more that two at a time. This powerful video just just that.
The poem “The Dash In Between” by Youtube member Borrowed Light And Broken String and adds in intense music as well.
Be warned, it deals with some emotional subject matter but feel free to check it out in the below video.