Experimental Poetry Form: three rectangles

This experimental poetry form is about the visual appearance on the page.  It is called three rectangles.  The poem consists of three rectangles of words: one rectangle, with another rectangle inside, with another rectangle inside of that.  The poem is meant to be read starting at the top left corner of the first rectangle and going around it, and then starting at the top left corner of the second rectangle and going around it, and then starting at the top left corner of the third rectangle and going around it.  The letters in the words follow the direction noted above.  Also words do not carry over from one rectangle to another (such that there is the start of a word in one rectangle and the end in the next).

The main difficulty in the form is getting things laid out.  Although there are different ways of doing this, it might depend on the software being used. Of course, it could also be done on a piece of paper by hand.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

It’s strange to write a poem that mov
                                                                 e
                                                                 s
s         rolling down a hill.  It take
k               It just goes aroun       s        a
c                                            d                n
o              .                                     s        d
r         .    g                            a      o
          s   n                            n      m        t
e        w   o                          d       e        w
k        o    l                                               i
i         l    a                            a      t          s
l         f      seog tsuj tI .dnuor    i          t
,                                                   m         s
e        ti yaw eht dnatsrednu ot e
l                                                               a
m                                                            n
uj a evah ot smees tI  .nur ot smees d

 

Here is the same poem written as a paragraph:

It’s strange to write a poem that moves and twists and seems to run.  It seems to have a jumble, like rocks rolling down a hill.  It takes some time to understand the way it flows.  It just goes around and around.  It just goes along.

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