Did you know
That the light
Travels across the plains
And across the seas?
Did you know
That the beams
Touch the heart of you
And the mind of me?
The rays that flow through all
No matter the blocks
The darkness can’t hold them
Let this be the truth
A connection to all
Beyond space and time
Meant for all creatures
Refined and uncouth
If you’ve never heard the terms “Blackout Poetry,” this post has something cool in store for you.
No, Blackout Poetry doesn’t have anything to do with drunkenness as the sillier readers might have assumed. It’s all about a process that sounds simple but is actually quite complex.
As the artist that goes by Inducto calls it, the idea is to black out pages of text leaving only specific terms and phrases that create a new story.
Check out some of her work on Patreon and in the pictures here:
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.
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.
Most people realize that the city of Boston is known for many historic events and individuals but it might come as a surprise to people that one of the oldest cities in the country has also been the home of some of the great authors and poets of our time.
This unique video shows just how the city is now showcasing it.