Experimental Poetry Form: Sprinkled salt

This experimental poetry form is about appearance and affect.  The image created on the page is that of salt sprinkled on food: a relatively uniform distribution of something intended to add to and modify something else.

The poetry form consists of a title followed by fifteen words.  The title is a noun.  Each of the fifteen words is related to the noun.  The title is at the top of the poem and is roughly centered and underlined.  It represents the food.  The fifteen words are distributed beneath the title in a relatively uniform pattern.  They represent the salt.  The pattern is as follows:

	Word 1	

			Word 2					Word 3

Word 4						Word 5

	Word 6		Word 7				Word 8

			Word 9		Word 10

Word 11				Word 12			Word 13

			Word 14			Word 15

Word 1 is indented one time
Word 2 is indented three times.  Word 3 is indented five times after Word 2.
Word 4 is not indented.  Word 5 is indented six times after Word 4.
Word 6 is indented once.  Word 7 is indented two times after Word 6.  Word 8 is indented four times after Word 7.
Word 9 is indented three times.  Word 10 is indented two times after Word 9.
Word 11 is not indented.  Word 12 is indented four times after Word 11.  Word 13 is indented four times after Word 12.
Word 14 is indented three times.  Word 15 is indented three times after Word 14.
There is an added space between each line to spread the words out.

While the pattern at first seems somewhat complicated, it is relatively simple to use.  Additionally, the fact that all the words are related to the title makes things simpler as well.

The poetry form is not intended to have words that flow from one to the next, but is intended for the words to be written as they are thought of.


Here is a poem written using this form:


			Bright					Fresh

Lush						New

	Alive		Food				Growing

			Roots		Chlorophyll

Photosynthesis				Mowing			Air

			Nature			Outside