Words & Stuff

pp: Cold Attractors (Reader Comments and Addenda)

(20 April 1999)

Ilana Stern points out that there's an online magnetic poetry set written in Java. Ilana also provides a pointer to a poem that uses the entire set.

I mentioned that one of my favorite refrigerator poems had been destroyed before I could copy it down; months later, I discovered a slip of paper on which I had in fact copied it down. The words in capital letters are from the Shakespearean insult kit. The poem consisted of a circle of words around a central verse; this is about as close as I can get in HTML to showing how it looked:

soar with enormous vision
lie
beneath
a
lazy
sky
WARP language into a
languid sea of peach sweet
music bare to the bitter
knife of love
DRINK
delicate
beauty
OFFEND ANCIENT SLOTH

(In the original, each word on the right and left was turned ninety degrees and the words along the bottom were upside down, so that the outer words formed one continous ring around the inner verse, reading "soar with enormous vision DRINK delicate beauty OFFEND ANCIENT SLOTH lie beneath a lazy sky.")

I think that was by Harlan McCanne, but I'm not certain.

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Jed Hartman <logophilia@kith.org>