In 2006 I came up with an idea for an experimental poetic form called the Cleave Poem.
One of my aims was to examine how something can be more than the sum of it’s parts and can be 3 in 1: synergy, fusion, co-operation, dialectics, marriage, interdependence, teamwork and The Trinity.
How to read a Cleave poem?
1. Read the left hand poem as a first discrete poem.
2. Read the right hand poem as a second discrete poem.
3. Read the whole as a third integrated poem.
Here are 2 of my cleave poems.
______________________Don’t let him charm you
don’t listen to his promises his words like birds
_____________scattering flies that flit from brow to lash,
________ready for your flesh, stroking feather kisses on your lips
__he squawks in expectation humming in your ears,
__flapping inside your skull as he lies next to you.
_____________________Don’t! Let him charm you!
(first published in Lights out & other poems: 26 July 2008.)
_____The thief brings darkness, she waits
____he brings the sun for her love
_held beneath his arm her heart
the light of day blazes bright
_________he is united aching
_______with his lover now sightless
________he holds her blind from the sun
(first published in Ink Sweat and Tears: 9 April 2007)