Invented Poetry Forms – The Pollock

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The Pollock is a rather obscure and fairly eccentric poetry form invented by poet and art critic John Yau to pay tribute to the American abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock. It is a fourteen-line poem with the rather unusual requirement that the first line must be a quotation by the artist. The remaining thirteen lines consist strictly of words from Pollock’s quote, the idea being to splatter words repeatedly on the page like he famously did with paint on his canvases. Although the form might sound restrictive and totally wacko, I actually found it a real blast to write. Interestingly, another one of the rules of writing a pollock is to break the rules any time you feel like it (much like Pollock did with his painting). So it is more than permissible to substitute one of your favorite quotes by someone else for the Pollock quotation (perhaps even a…

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  1. Wow- Eugenia, I love this poetry form! Going to give it a try!

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  2. Thanks once again Eugenia for introducing us to yet another new form of writing poetry! 😀 ❤

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  3. Thanks Eugenia. My quote’s a little different but very true. I’m wrangling with Pollock and Dr. Seuss. But I’m determined to make it work.

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  4. I read the rules wrong 😦 I thought we could pick any quote from anyone we liked. SO, I’ve started over with a Pollock quote sigh

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