Saturday, August 26, 2006

What's Your Line?

Your title
Which Mode Is Most Interesting to You at the Current Moment?
Personal Lyric
Prose Poem
Mixed Genre Poetry-Nonfiction
Language Poetry
Oulipo-Word Play
Formal Poetry
Persona Poem
Dream Poem


Radish King said...

I think there needs to be a catagory "Other"

Peter said...

Darn: I knew I forgot something! Done.

Oliver de la Paz said...

Seconded. I chose "Other" and I couldn't see the poll results.

Anyway, as far as reading and writing goes these days, I'm all over the map.

The Sublibrarian said...

Maybe I should cut down on the caffeine. My first impulse is to argue with the categories. Too much caffeine, or too much grad school.

(And as a footnote, Oulipo is not restricted to the level of the word. Harry Mathews's novel The Journalist uses the narrative constraint "X takes Y for Z," among other things.)

Peter said...

O,S: I'm all over the map, too. I just made up these categories from the top of my head this morning. Sorry if they are a bit non-sensical. I just thought it would be fun to see how people voted.

Sam of the ten thousand things said...

I voted for lyric though the word personal didn't feel right -- since my writing is outside the personal these days but very in the lyric mode.

Diane K. Martin said...

Peter, "Other" doesn't show up in the results. Really it is the best category. It lets you off the hook to write whatever you damn please.

Pardon me, I've just had a glass and a half of very nice Pinot Grigio.

Peter said...

D: Sorry, I added "Other" later, after setting up the survey. And so it doesn't show up. But if you count the total of the listed categories, and subtract it from the total votes, what remains is the "Other." Next time I'll remember to set up an "other" category.

BTW: For those who said other: how would you describe it in a word or two? "Book-length sequence?" "Fragments?" "Melange?" "Haiku?" "None of your business?"

Diane K. Martin said...

Peter, I guess, for me, I write from certain obsessions in different forms. That could be largely personal lyric, but is often prose poem, narrative, persona... maybe mixed-genre poetry *fiction*...

But I think my inability to stick to a certain style is one of the reasons I'm an 18-times finalist and my book isn't published.