In announcement on March 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm
Andrea Barton, a cleave poet, has introduced cleave poetry to her school (RHAM High School, Hebron, CT) where she teaches creative writing.
It has engaged students who have never written poetry before.
Are these students the poets of the future?
Cleave Generation is a site for students of all ages to explore, discuss and experiment with poetry, specifically cleave poetry.
*No experience needed*
“I did want to let you know that a “Cleave craze” has begun at my school. First, I required all of my CW students to try a basic one. From there, they can’t seem to stop, and I have other teachers approaching me in the hallways telling me of what their kids, who aren’t even in CW, are doing!” Andrea Barton Creative Writing teacher RHAM High School.
“I was never really that big into poetry until I took a creative writing class with a teacher who is posted on your website Andrea Barton. The first time she showed us her cleaves I thought it to be mind boggling,…” Michelle Lynn Bernard, student RHAM High School.
In submission on December 10, 2008 at 7:53 pm
………………I should ode a meadow – a solitude we once passed through
….a million million grains of grain – a lea
………………..golden and currented – like dawn at sea
and answer its enchanting beckon – for us to come and wallow in
………its ripples kissing landscape – its tide so invitingly introduced
………a profoundness by which we – unsuspecting prisoners-to-be
In discussion, submission on November 3, 2008 at 7:48 am
It is –A- joining of words
A fusion and -cleave– separated by
oddly, a division that –is– a physical gap
ruptures -the – eye’s path
the rhythm here –opposite- to a smooth
joint venture -of- meaning
in clutching -itself- as one
In submission on October 30, 2008 at 7:36 am
The union between–at the core of us–the heart and the hand
a poet’s heart–is a gossamer strand–must work
and his hand–of steel–as one
is the fine gilt thread–binding love–to fuse poetry
of words–to loss–to feeling.
In submission on October 25, 2008 at 6:44 am
A 6-way cleave by Andrea Barton - a concrete cleave?
Here are her words:
"this is a six way poem based on the cleave form.
I'm going to wait and see if anyone can figure out
the six ways in which this poem can be read..."
brightly colored - center - celebration of
spring - of - ribbons
held by - poems - this way
colors - are - dancing
girls - maypoles - that way
twirling - driven - skipping
twisting - into - light steps of
children - the - laughter and
hope - earth - in the sun
In submission on October 18, 2008 at 8:02 am
Here is another ground-breaking cleave from Andrea Barton, 3 poems fusing into one:
bold (right), italics (middle), normal (left) and then the whole cleave.
My Human Brain by Andrea Barton
May I direct your attention –here– follow me
this way please –I am– here to the right
on your left –in– this section
you will notice –all– ready for paint are
the columns formed by –the– blank canvasses
logically situated battalions –quivering– in anticipation
of warriors at the –conjunction– of thought and feeling
ready for the battle –of– reason vs. intuition
there is no room for –love– in our struggle for
identity today, only sequence –and– expression caught in the fray
and contrapuntal equilibrium of –algebra– or in the poetry of a lush epic.
rational thought –and– be careful here
on your left –childbirth– the absolute beginning
art in its purest form –and– the creation of life
a mere moment we are only without –fault- exquisite and blameless.
In submission on October 11, 2008 at 7:19 am
A great little cleave by Andrea. Something to ponder on.
I’m out of town until Thursday.
Also, I’m trying out some different formatting.
Lots more cleaves and thoughts when I return.
Things I Need by Andrea Barton
In the end - it comes to this:
I parse words - on a grocery pad
meant for lists - for things I need.
A line drawn down - the middle of my words
my thoughts - rent in half
on a Sunday - in the wee days of this new fall
at the end of September - I believe
I need - and want
to remember - these words.
In submission on September 26, 2008 at 7:34 pm
___________________Point of view
_________________I see – the same thing:
__________________you – through a different lens
_____________your eyes – blue, oceanic
______the way they look – a sea to one
they take in the distance – to another, sky
__________the center of – the you place
________________maybe – eyes wide
_______there aren’t any – hollower places;
____________starpoints – or pinpricks of light
_____________only you – through a different lens
_________________your – eyes, the way they look
_____________blue gaze – and the way you see.
In submission on September 20, 2008 at 7:03 am
Welcome Andrea to The Cleave. This poem shows how the Cleave can be a form of parallelism like the Psalms and Hebrew wisdom literature. If you feel inclined to more parallelism try this link on writing a psalm.
_______________Oh– my god:
_________give me – strength,
_____forbearance, – for another day
a life lived richly – with love
________and with – gratitude for
________what are – hard lessons
_____God’s plans – for me.
Andrea Barton teaches Creative Writing and Communications to high school students. Her own poetry was last published in the Lewis and Clark Literary Review. Most recently she was recognized as a notable new Staff Pick at the Gotpoetry? website under the alias, “HSTeech” where much of her current work can be found. She lives with her daughter and Chacha the Cat in the bucolic suburbia outside of Hartford, CT.