The Sunday Poem: David Wilde... FRAC/KTAL#1

Well I got the email and attachment.  "Nice David!  Btw, is that a wrapper from a straw that you used?  And does that mean anything?"  He replied:

Jon.  Nice guess.  Its actually a teabag wrapper from the the Frontier which I generally write my poetry on the back of as well as making notes and shopping lists so as not to waste the paper/wrapper.  Yes you could say it (the wrapper) is an intimate part of the frac/k-tal ("FracPo") theme too in is as much as it "wraps" (raps) the rhythm in a solid structure before letting it out/free rather as the teabag when released into the hot water then defuses/infuses the liquid in tanic acid and residue from the (hopefully) sachette pure more or less leaf-juices:  musically too!

Another take would be the deconstruction of the sounds which make up the letters similar perhaps to a Schoenberg string quartet in a resistance say to the strict 4-part 19th century choral harmonies hitherto used.  Here the similarity with "jazz" is very strong.  Think of Stravinsky or Olivier Messiaen or any of the pre-19th century 'experimentalists' including architects such as Antoni Gaudí and Frank Lloyd-Wright (In this case his oft-quoted  "frozen music.").   Thanks for the email.  David

I met with him a couple of weeks later for a clarification.  "It's the other side of the sandwich," he said and fiddled with his teabag.  "It can be sung."

Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email

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Comment by Merimee Moffitt on April 1, 2012 at 8:24am

old school poetry--I love anything that makes me smile and this form poem does just that.

Comment by Margaret Randall on April 1, 2012 at 8:36am

Yes, smile and then laugh out loud. We need a whole lot of this these days.

Comment by Dee Cohen on April 1, 2012 at 8:45am

A small word that carries big ideas. And a nifty little stutter-step too. Nice job.

Comment by Julie Brokken on April 1, 2012 at 9:21am

sweet genius!

Comment by John Roche on April 1, 2012 at 9:34am

My kind of tea party! One with Lewis Carroll, Duchamp, Cage, and Stein. Thanks, David!

Comment by Gabriella Duncan on April 1, 2012 at 10:46am

So refreshingly different!  Thank you for the inspiration and sharing!

Comment by dai wilde on April 1, 2012 at 12:36pm

WOW!  Thanks Jon and everyone for your welcome responses and also for the intellectual/anti-intellectual digital applause for a genre some of us (especially Jon Roach and Howard McConeghey re-Black Mountain school) discussed as being "fracking poetry." Very appropriate for April 1st one would think and for 'fooling' around with those damn drillers whose sole purpose in life seems to be to destroy what little remains of our pristine eco-system untouched for ever.  Might be nice to see more expressions experimentally or otherwise in this mood.  Beats the crap out of sitting at home watching TV, no?  Another idea floated recently was the UVA poem!  Thanks again for allowing me to 'fool' around on DCF! 

Comment by cc on April 1, 2012 at 1:07pm

Yay to this form! thanks to its writer and to its post-er.

Comment by dai wilde on April 1, 2012 at 2:44pm

Geek website has another angle on this physics phenomenon!

Comment by dai wilde on April 2, 2012 at 9:55am



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