Friday, September 26, 2008

Ever try the poetry form Cleave?

A poet who just joined PWB created a poetic form in 2006. Its called Cleave.

How to read a Cleave poem?

1. Read the left hand poem as a first discrete poem.
2. Read the right hand poem as a second discrete poem.
3. Read the whole as a third integrated poem.

To get a better understanding of this type of poetry, and maybe try one yourself visit The Cleave


Philip Thrift said...

This reminds me of a form called "double exposure" I read about in the poetry dictionary by John Drury:

double exposure (Greg Williamson) - odd-numbered lines are in bold type and right-justified, even-numbered lines are in standard type and left-justified; the poem is read reading the bold-type lines, then the standard-type lines, then as a whole.

Diana Manister said...

Thanks for blogging about our Cleave poems!

Cleaves are more difficult than they seem to write, but they serve as mental Pilates to sharpen one's skill.

I recommend them for developing new poetry muscles.

Again, many thanks,

Diana Manister

pugetopolis said...

Three way(s)

cleaves are—three way(s)
new LangPo—doorways
the Line—opening up

Anonymous said...

Thank you Philip
this is similar to
cleave poetry
but the 'focus' and 'frame' are
slightly different

The Cleave