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Cleave Generation

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.

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Rhapsody-Cleft by Andrea Barton

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
………………………………………were seduced-

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Cleave by Andrea Barton

In discussion, submission on November 3, 2008 at 7:48 am

                  It isA- joining of words
        A fusion and -cleave– separated by
oddly, a division thatis– a physical gap
             ruptures -the – eye’s path
   the rhythm hereopposite- to a smooth
        joint venture -of- meaning
      in clutching -itself- as one

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    Marrow, a 3 way cleave by Andrea Barton

    In submission on October 30, 2008 at 7:36 am
        The union betweenat the core of us–the heart and the hand
         a poet’s heartis a gossamer strand–must work
                 and his handof steel–as one
    is the fine gilt threadbinding love–to fuse poetry
                     of wordsto loss–to feeling.

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    Maypole – a 6 way cleave by Andrea Barton

    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

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  • My Human Brain by Andrea Barton

    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 attentionhere– follow me
                        this way pleaseI am– here to the right
                            on your leftin– this section
                         you will noticeall– ready for paint are
                   the columns formed bythe– blank canvasses
       logically situated battalionsquivering– in anticipation
                 of warriors at theconjunction– of thought and feeling
                    ready for the battleof– reason vs. intuition
                   there is no room forlove– in our struggle for
          identity today, only sequence and– expression caught in the fray
      and contrapuntal equilibrium ofalgebra– or in the poetry of a lush epic.
                       rational thoughtand– be careful here
                       on your leftchildbirth– the absolute beginning
                art in its purest formand– the creation of life
    a mere moment we are only withoutfault- exquisite and blameless.

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  • Submission: Andrea Barton

    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.

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  • Submission: Andrea Barton

    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.

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  • Cleave poem submission by Andrea Barton

    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, “HSTeechwhere 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.

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