Becoming binary

20130821-101859.jpg[Ghost in the Shell]

I’m trying a new poetry form introduced by HA of howanxious blog. It involves three stanzas (2 quatrains and a couplet), with a rhyme scheme of abcd/dcba/ee, is about a powerful emotion or powerful act, and colour is optional to add to the voice of the poem. Here goes:



11 thoughts on “Becoming binary

  1. Interesting experiment – have you notice how nearly all the words in white are prepositions, conjunctions or other such small words, until you get right to the last line, when it becomes creativity and hell. I don’t know if that was deliberate, but it works very nicely!

    • It wasn’t intentional, I was just going for a binary colour distinction. However, when I did colour the letters I noticed aspects of the poem I was no longer happy about, like it made them salient, and so I did some revisions, but hadn’t consciously thought about what the exact effect was. You have a keen eye for detail!

  2. I loved your take on the form, I found it to be very creative and interesting regarding the topic and word usage and I loved the Ghost in a shell mention 🙂

  3. Rowan, I’m hopeless at forms, but you took this prompt and STOMPED it. So expressive, strong thoughts, the whole digital experience which affects us all, but we are sucked in without realizing it. Binary. Man, this was great stuff. Amy

    • Thank you so much, Amy. Your words are very encouraging. I think using forms can be a bit like playing Tetris (if you remember that computer game), you have to wait for the right piece (topic) to fit the gap (form). Hopefully, it gets easier the more familiar we become with the forms! 😊

  4. I’m beginning to suspect that you have a masochistic desire or deathwish to die a Martyr of Poetry by making your works harder and harder and harder until your head implodes. A sort of Wrussian Wroulette Writing or Pass-the-Plutonium Poetry Party.

    On this occasion you got away with it – kudos.

    • My name is Rowan, and I’m addicted to poetry. I have been clean for just over 24 hours, but I am fighting the urge to pour another, which is likely to involve a metaphor using wildlife photography….I haven’t given in yet…but the ink in my well is calling…

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