47 thoughts on “Scattered and Collected

  1. I love the shape and form of your contrapuntal poem, Merril. I see we chose the same words. It always amazes me how different poets write different poems from the same words. I also love the onomatopoeic β€˜skitter/scatter’ and those dangled syllables having their sparkling facets examined.

  2. I had to doublecheck my understanding of how contrapuntal poetry is defined. According to the explanation I found, I would say “Scattered and Collected” works very well as a contrapuntal poem.

    Reading about a musical form applied to poetry reminded me of a long-ago lecture in college about how badly some writers want to portray simultaneity on the page, but it’s impossible because language is linear, whereas music is spatial. Fascinating!

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