Experimental Poetry Form: cutting a deck of cards

This experimental poetry form is based off of the idea of cutting a deck of cards.  The base of the poem is five lines long.  Each line is different.  The base could be represented as:

A
B
C
D
E

After the base is written, the first two lines are moved as a set to the end of the poem and the poem is written out again.  It could be represented as:

C
D
E
A
B

This movement of lines is then repeated and the poem is written again as:

E
A
B
C
D

The movement is then repeated one last time as:

B
C
D
E
A

 

All of the pieces should be written as one poem, with each piece serving as a stanza, such as:

A
B
C
D
E

C
D
E
A
B

E
A
B
C
D

B
C
D
E
A

 

The main difficulty in the poem is finding lines that make sense in all the rearranged orders.  To help with that, punctuation, capitalization and indention can change from stanza to stanza.

Rearranging the lines as shown is not the same as mixing the lines up.  All that is happening in each set is that some part of poem is moved from the beginning to the end.  In each of the sets, there is one movement that would put the poem back in order.  For example, in the set EABCD, if the E line was moved to the end, the poem would be back in order.  This idea is part of the poetry form.  The idea is to examine moving lines instead of mixing up lines.

The main idea of the poetry form is to see how the expression changes when the lines are rearranged.  The tone of the poem can change depending on line order, and this change is part of the idea.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

The heat beat down,
upon the worn shape,
as images of collapsing filled the mind,
cars drove by,
and one took pity.

As images of collapsing filled the mind,
cars drove by,
and one took pity –
  the heat beat down,
  upon the worn shape.

And one took pity –
  the heat beat down,
  upon the worn shape,
  as images of collapsing filled the mind,
  cars drove by.

Upon the worn shape,
  as images of collapsing filled the mind,
  cars drove by,
  and one took pity,
the heat beat down.

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Artwork to inspire poetry: Letter M face in stages

Letter M face in stages

This artwork is composed of three stages.  The first stage, on the left, is the letter M drawn in cursive.  The second stage, in the middle, are components of the letter separated.  The third stage, on the right, are those components rearranged into a face.

This artwork can inspire poetry in a number of ways.  One idea would be to see the idea of breaking something down and rearranging it, that is shown in the artwork, and apply that idea to a poem.  For example, a poet might choose a word, and then use anagrams of that word in a poem.

Another idea would be to utilize personification in a poem.  This artwork takes a letter, and shows it as a face.  A poet might apply the same idea in a poem, and maybe have a poem about the face on something like a car, with the headlights as eyes and the grill as the mouth.

Another idea inspired by this artwork, might be for a poet to write a poem made of individual stanzas or lines, and then rearrange those stanzas or lines to make a new poem.