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Bytes

Post by benjamin » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:41 am

I have a certain love for forms, and enjoy inventing them, whether for a single poem or many. Today I came up with a form called a Byte.

On a computer, the word "byte" means a string of eight 0s and 1s, e.g. 10110110. For poetry purposes, a Byte is an eight-syllable poem.

For this exercise, try writing a few Byte poems. Not just eight-syllable sentences, but full poems consisting of only eight syllables. Think of it as an extreme form of haiku.

I'd love to see what people can do with this. Here are my first three (not very good; hopefully you guys can do better!):

I.
your glow
powers all columbus

II.
reached peak
sang songs until sunrise.

III.
swallow
my manhood
medicine
[center]The tree of artistry must be replenished from time to time with the blood of Art.[/center]

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Re: Bytes

Post by Danté » Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:01 pm

She is open
my hand is wet

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to anticipate touching what is unseen seems far more interesting than seeing what the hand can not touch

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Re: Bytes

Post by oggiesnr » Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:14 pm

Death
cannot be denied
by you.

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Post by bodkin » Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:18 pm

A spider
has
so many legs.
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Re: Bytes

Post by benjamin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:43 pm

I've actually started a blog of these, though I've ceased the pretension that they're a "form" or that I "invented" them. But check it out: http://justafewbytes.me/
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Post by Lake » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:28 am

Harmony

one step forward
then one backward
Aim, then, to be aimless.
Seek neither publication, nor acclaim:
Submit without submitting.

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Post by Ros » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:40 pm

ignorance
a dark-running
stream
Rosencrantz: What are you playing at? Guildenstern: Words. Words. They're all we have to go on.
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Post by bodkin » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:06 pm

one two three four
five six seven
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Post by Lake » Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:16 pm

What is not Zen

it’s everywhere
it’s in your heart
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Post by bodkin » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:30 pm

Throughput

easy-come and
easily gone
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Post by Lake » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:38 pm

Rich or Poor

depends on
a contented mind
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Post by bodkin » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:49 pm

country of the mind

contentment
is a
continent
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Post by Lake » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:59 pm

No Substitute

enlightenment
attained
by yourself
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Post by bodkin » Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:10 pm

independence

by yourself,
for yourself :
your self
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Post by Suzanne » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:35 pm

mud that clung
was kicked off
my shoes

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Re: Bytes

Post by BenJohnson » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:37 am

Searchlights flash
through branches
of thoughts.

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Post by Lake » Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:14 pm

Buddha, Demon

it is
but just a
thought away
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Post by bodkin » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:28 pm

Does the Wii have Buddha nature?

in thought
don't think
in life
living
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Post by Lake » Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:46 pm

Thanks bodkin, I see the wisdom in your bytes.

What is Zen?


fish in the sea
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"what is Sea?"
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