January 24, 2010

Introducing the Department of Fivers

We have been humongously inspired by - (a friend of Mrs Smith's) - poet F. Keith Wahle's five word poems, called Fivers. The first two:

1.
Write a five word poem.

2.
O.K., now write another one.

Mr Wahle has hundreds, filling many type-written pages. Mrs Smith used them in her interpretation of artist-composer Mark Applebaum's The Metaphysics of Notation, a beautiful graphic score, in the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University this last Friday (there are different musicians interpreting the piece every Friday at noon for a year. Mrs Smith performing it is pictured in the photo below.)

You'll be happy to know that itwaslost writers have already composed dozens of new Fivers, & I am spearheading an initiative to introduce a Department of Five Word Poems at itwaslost.org. I think the format will be, amongst the other clutter this blog produces, a post every other day for several hundred days, each post with a Wahle Fiver, an itwaslost Fiver, & some accompanying artwork (either original or stolen. If the latter, the photo will link to where I got it.) So, for instance:

3.
Your telephone prose is impeccable.
-F. Keith Wahle


i.
I took my eyeballs out.

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Look for these posts every even numbered day! for hundreds of days to come!
& please submit more itwaslost fivers in the comments.

5 comments:

Dr. Benway said...

Five Words Is Not Enough.

S. Sandrigon said...

This would be a good exercise for you, wordy Dr Benways.

Muffy Sainte-Marie said...

A spoon of twine unwinds.

S. Sandrigon said...

Nice one, Muffy.

minnie mollie said...

sock goes in the mouth