The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

Cleave poem: A new experimental poetic form.

In announcement, discussion, submission on September 3, 2008 at 5:57 pm

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.

0000000000000000Cleave: Charm.

______________________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.)


000000000000Cleave: (untitled)

_____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)

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    1. Unlike some of the other poetic forms listed, this poem does not have a rhyme scheme. David Poems

    2. This is interesting. I have never seen anything like it. I’m going to try this style out. Cleave.

    3. That’s a sweet poem. makes sense at evry angle

    4. […] This past week on dVersepoet’s OpenLinkNight #10 I found a lovely “cleave” poem posted by Neha, titled “Me in the Expanse of You…”  It was my  introduction to the “cleave” form and I wanted to experiment with it this week.  It is actually three poems, meant to be read in order:  First read the poem on the left, then read the poem on the right, and then mesh the two together, line by line, to read the third poem….  More info on this form can be found here…… […]

    5. Sorry, but I was experimenting with this form in 1982. I consider it a natural extension of form experimentation. When I “invented” it back in 1982 I did not think I was the first to stumble upon it. I thought that many before me must have come upon it also. That it is a more or less useless form is attested to in the history of poetry and that it appears to have no history. What it is, is a vehicle to demonstrate ones cleverness, which of course has nothing to do with good poetry.
      On the name. If one thinks a little, he will see that “cleave” is a malapropism as nothing is “cleaved” from anything else.

      I will also state that around the same time I also stumbled across the three column poem, just in case someone gets up to the idea of putting a non-descriptive name on that and claiming they invented it.

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