Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Vishnu's Watusi -- a Sequence of Ardeo Pangrams

Here's an index of blogged poems in this new form.

< 1 >       1 |   "Vishnu's watusi"   (ars poetica)
< 2 >       2 |   "Love's orbit"
< 1 >       3 |   "Jung's Kapital"
< 1 >       4 |   "Erasmus's Folly"

< 2 >       5 |   "Hemingway's Kabala"
< 3 >       6 |   "Frida's kitchenette"
< 3 >       7 |   "Dante's Inferno"
< 1 >       8 |   "Racine's simulacrum"

< 1 >       9 |   "Quixote's reality"
< 1 >       10 |   "Vayu's wafting"
< 1 >       11 |   "Saraswati’s trove"
< 4 >       12 |   "Villon’s graphologist"

< 1'>       13 |   "Rameau's suite"
< 1 >       14 |   "Ardeo's brief"

< 1 >       15 |   "Wisteria"   (coda)

For an explanation of the form, see my notes following the first two poems. The left-hand column above indicates which lattice pattern was employed in composing the respective poem (regarding which patterns, see said notes).

The meaning of "XYZ" is touched on in notes that follow the 10th poem in the sequence -- though hardly exhaustively. In this sequence, my use of the refrain "XYZ" is somewhat informed by (what one might call) an abstraction from ghazal poetics.

2 Comments:

Blogger ~River~ said...

And what an "exertion" (we won't call it an "exercise")! The mind fairly boggles at the thought of the ruthless and grand motivation behind this exertion.

I think we need to read these poems on paper. Light blue on dark background isn't a particularly happy combination for something as complex as this.

PS: You changed your template again.

Thu Jul 06, 04:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger david raphael israel said...

Thanks for trying . . .
I keep experimenting with different colors for text. Perhaps I'll switch this from the light blue.
The sequence might have been overdone (or may have devolved to exercise after all). Oddly enough I then reverted to 19th century(ish) style the next day, having finished these. ;-)
At least some may have merit; am happy certainly witht he first -- and a few others, like the Quixote.

Well I can imagine it as a chapbook; it's a thought.

cheers,
d.i.

Thu Jul 06, 05:02:00 AM PDT  

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