If you have checked into getting any of your art or writing as being your copyright under the Library of Congress, you have probably notice that it can be expensive to do so. While technically, the moment you put pen to paper or make your work accessible in any tangible form, it is your property, it is not always so easy to prove it in court. So, what are your alternatives? Poor man’s copyright.
This technique, although not as official as the Library of Congress registration method, can help if you find yourself in a legal bind.
For written or physical materials:
Print a copy of your content and place it in an envelope or some other form of package and send it to yourself my postal mail. When it comes back to you, don’t open it unless needed in a legal battle as that the postmark on the package or envelop will indicate a date that will work as proof of copyright.
For digital materials:
While I’m not totally sure if this one applies, I assume it would make sense based on the aforementioned method.
Keep a record of your files and be able to show the creation date in your properties. Sure, the date modified will change but this will remain the same so long as you retain the original.
At one moment split
At another I’m whole
While an ongoing battle
Rages in my soul
Is this too much for me?
I sometimes think so
But at others the fight in me
Screams out “hell no”
It’s a torture of sorts
A test, this is sure
But one I must face
For relief to secure
Now knowing all this
What do I do from here?
I do not run from the world
But rather destroy my fear
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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.