October 14, 2009

'Create a form'

I had to create a poetic form for my second assignment. I decided to base my form on the span of the average human's life, 65 years. My form is called the 'Mortza' because it is written in one stanza and, well, it is inherently drawn to the poem's death. There are 65 words in the Mortza, split into 23 lines. The first 21 lines are made up of 3 words and the final two lines are one word lines. The words themselves are written in a pyramid structure. The first word must have only one letter, the second two letters, the third three letters and so on until the 18th word, which has 18 letters. The number of letters in the words decline from the 19th word to the 33rd word on a scale of one letter per word. The 33rd word is yet again a one letter word, the 34th a two letter word etc. until the 48th word which has 16 letters. The numbers of letters in the words further diminish to the last two words in the last two lines, the second to last having two letters and the last having one. This is done to establish a life in the poem's form that mimics the stresses of human existence.

Here is my example, '65'.

old man


I am mad,
made idiot infant
crawler. Stalking stoically
GOLDENAGE abandoners. Beastliness
accessorized, porcelainized ceremonialists
melodramatized. Anthropological apprehensiveness
fetishistically, frictionlessly (frustratingly)
feebleminded. Backlashing blockheads
swallowed. Wherever mothers
mingle, wails wage
him in a
so far wist
filed facade. Nobbled,
nakedest, nocturnal vulgarizer.
Guillotined malevolently, yuppification
disassimilates passionlessness. Predeterminative
perishabilities; foresightedness fractionalized
formulaically. Grandparents galavanting,
lovelessly launching laughter;
idolatry castled lonely.
Waste will win.

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