Monday, February 14, 2005

Thought on Ampersand Squared

The feature of the pwoermd (Huth's term for a one-word poem with no title) that I find most compelling is its frustration of vector-like readings, in which the object is to get to the end of the sentence or line to collect the semantic payoff. The pwoermd forces the reader to focus on the kinetics of the single frame, which can involve movement in all directions. Yes, and still remain in the realm of the lexical.

What is remarkable about Huth's anthology is the range of possible approaches to the form it reveals, from Cor van den Heuvel's "tundra", to Saroyan's "lighght", to bpNichol's "em ty", to Karl Kempton's "on((((i))))on", to Emily Romano's "egreturnswampwateripple".

More soon.


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