Experimental Poetry Form: four columns

Today’s experimental poetry form is called four columns.  It is the same basic notion as yesterday’s experimental poetry form, but instead of three columns, this form has four.  In the form, there are four columns, each with ten lines.  Each column has approximately the same width.  Here is an example poem to illustrate the form:

The man stood
upon the land
looking out
to mountains
and thought that
in their height
and all their size
he saw himself
as there he stood
upon the soil.
The man stood
breathed inside
and felt the air
from all around.
In the moment
what he breathed
he thought inside
was timeless
as in it went
and out again.
The man stood
watching the fire
as all the flames
upon the wood
danced about
and mesmerized
as the smoke
in wisps
drifted away
to the sky.
The man stood
within the sea
and felt the waves
move around
his legs and waist
as he stood
and looked out
before they ended
with a crash
upon the shore.


This poem is about the four elements and pride.  The first column is about earth, the second air, the third fire, and the fourth water.  This notion fits with the four column design.

In each column, the man sees something or himself as great and does not realize his lowness.

Poem with an explanation: among the sands

The stars,
did not align,
as forests grew,
and cardinals cried,
among blue jays.

the camels wandered,
among the sands,
as blind men spoke,
of what they could,
no longer see.

The flock of birds,
among the trees,
saw in the sand,
haphazard paths,
but none did call,
with words or songs.

Mirages shimmered,
in the sun,
during the night,
that would not end.

The camels wandered,
among the sands,
and over the hills,
they disappeared.


This poem is about a man experiencing sadness after the death of his young daughter.  His daughter died, some weeks before, and the man is struggling with everything.

In his sorrow, the man has lost track of time (The stars, did not align), he has stopped shaving (as forests grew), and often his clothes don’t match (and cardinals cried, among blue jays).

The man symbolically, and at times literally, stumbles as he moves forward in his life (Aimlessly, the camels wandered, among the sands).  He keeps thinking of his daughter and can see her in his thoughts (as blind men spoke, of what they could, no longer see).

People who know the man (The flock of birds, among the trees), see his condition (saw in the sand, haphazard paths), but they don’t have the words to say to him (but none did call, with words or songs).

The man keeps thinking of his daughter, but her image in his mind is blurry (Mirages shimmered, in the sun) as it is overwhelmed with his sadness (during the night, that would not end).

The man aimlessly moves on with his life (The camels wandered, among the sands) and the condition he is in, seems unending (and over the hills, they disappeared).

Artwork to inspire poetry: man on ground

man on ground

Above is an artwork called man on ground.  The artwork was done at first with charcoal.  It was then scanned and computer altered.

This artwork can inspire poetry in a number of ways.

First, charcoal is generally poetic.  There is a poetic aspect to a drawing made (at least at first) with burnt wood.  Many symbolisms and metaphors can be drawn from that.

Second, a poet could obviously write about why the man was on the ground.  Is he sick?  Is he scared?  Did someone attack him?  Is he just on the ground because he wants to be?  There are many paths a poet could take with this.

Third, a poet could write about larger social issues.  This artwork might inspire a poet, for example, to write about something like homelessness.


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Artwork to inspire poetry: Cartoon man

Cartoon man

The above is an artwork of a cartoon man.  This artwork can inspire poetry.

A poet could write about the man, for example by writing about his condition.  A poet might look at the man and think he seems slightly sad.  A poet could write a poem about why, for example, by writing that the man is unemployed.

The man is dressed casually.  A poet could see this and write about the man’s condition, expressing why he might be dressed that way.

A poet might look at the man and think he seems nervous.  A poet could use this idea in a poem.