Seeing redds (take 2)

Seeing redds

A shape poem of a salmon spawning

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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4 Responses to Seeing redds (take 2)

  1. For the longest time, I have been typing my poems single spaced in Open Office and copying and pasting them into Word Press. However, every time I do this, Word Press changes my single spaced text into double spaced text. This doesn’t work well with shape poems because they have more holes and the silhouettes are less defined. Anyway, today I converted my Open Office file to a JPEG and took a screen shot of the upper half of the page. I then uploaded the poem as a photo and viola, the salmon has transformed from ambiguous diced fillet to a concrete, anatomically-correct fish! I’m planning to convert all my old shape poems as well so you can get the full effect 🙂

  2. Gallivanta says:

    It worked well but it would be helpful if WordPress made things a little easier.

    • Thank you! Yes, it really makes you work after you write and shape the poem to publish it correctly. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing your carefully sculpted diction get abstracted beyond abstraction into now random words describing a straight line or a blob. Maybe shape poetry is crutch for insecure poets, disguising a lack of literary tact and punctuation with a penchant for visual slight of hand. If someone asks you, “Why didn’t you include a comma here, a semi-colon or hyphen there?” you can honestly say it didn’t fit into the big picture. Yes, one semi-colon there and that coho salmon is crapping!

      • Gallivanta says:

        Speaking of which; we now have some obese/large non-salmon fish in our rivers because of the food morsels and run off from farmed salmon. So that extra semi-colon might be justified in the shape poem.

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