[tanka] raster of pixels

raster of pixels
all in motion | frozen still
breaking it all down

reality abstracted
our furrowed field of vision

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/11/25


pixel

picture element; a single element of a picture, where the picture is considered as a grid (having been sliced into a fixed number of rows and columns); each resulting location within the grid is a unique element representing the color of that element. (see raster)

[PIX (pic., picture) + EL (element)]

raster

(word coined in 1934 by German electrical engineers while inventing the television; originally, a screen frame of a television picture, and later used more generally as one method for represent a still image on a video monitor.)

a method of representing a picture (image) on an electronic device (TV, computer monitor) by breaking the image into a fixed number of rows and columns and assigning a single color to each element. Each picture element or PIXEL contains the average color for that area of the grid. By increasing the number of rows and columns, the size of each PIXEL is reduced and the accuracy of the image increased. Pixelation is a condition of a raster image which has fewer pixels than required for an accurate representation of the object. Pixelation can be exaggerated to render an image (or section of an image) unrecognizable. (same as BIT MAP)

[from German RASTER, grid; from Latin RASTRUM rake or plow with 2-6 blades]

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[blank renku] To those who read my words

cold glowing surface
database serves up my soul
how was it received
I thank you for your time and for your thoughts,
and ask that you feel free to share them back.
writer's gambling heart
craving reader's audience
trade my thoughts for yours

Paul Guernsey Player © 2018/11/20


[blank renku] a form of linked verse, written by one or multiple authors in alternating collaboration. Blank renku differs from renku in that stanzas alternate between haiku form, and blank verse. The shortest blank verse stanza would be a couplet. The longest would fill a Post It note, the original (fictional) medium of blank renku, as invented for The Blank Verse Mystery. Variations are expected.

Blank renku can be played as a game, in the original spirit of renku. It merges poetry from East and West. Writers can choose to write in their stronger form or in their weaker one, and in this way it is similar to Terry Pratchett’s game of THUD.

Free Verse: Prose, with Style

in response to dVerse~Poets Pub 2018/11/12 Pubtalk – Form or free or both

Maya Angelou’s “Caged Bird” is not free verse at all. It is iambic tetrameter, more or less. Three verses of it, each ending with a line of trimeter; with arbitrary line breaks thrown in. When I read “Caged Bird”, I hear this poem:

A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The rhyme emphasizes the rhythm inherent in the lines, which have a natural stop with each tetrameter. Free verse, however, requires no such pattern. In the same way that Buzz Lightyear can fly (falling, with style), Free Verse can be considered poetry (prose, with style). It has a direct kinship with the Authorized King James Bible:

In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; 
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; 
and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; 
and the darkness comprehended it not.

This is prose, not poetry. [1] The difference between the opening of the book of John and Angelou is clear, but for the sake of our own egos, when we write verse that imitates Biblical style and spirit, we bestow upon it the title of Verse. Verse, however means rhythm, as in Angelou, above. Free Verse was invented just as the Bible had become universally available and the most read piece of literature in the world. It made sense that its readers would take on its style in their own writings. For good or ill, these newly literate generations aspired to be poets (who wouldn’t?) and labeled their works accordingly. Whitman is the prime example:

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it
should be, blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank
or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work,
or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his
boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat
deck, ...

What I hear is a man who grew up reading the Bible. What I hear is Prose with Style.

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/11/13

[1] Literature’s debt to the language and intent of the Bible, by C.Theodore Houpt, 1988/06/06, from the archives of the Christian Science Monitor. [ https://theguern.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/houpt-literatures-debt-to-the-language-and-intent-of-the-bible/ ]

[blank renku] in search of darkness

a pretty sunset
clouds obstruct the newest moon
colors fade to dusk

A sliver of the backlit spinning orb,
that is not seen but known to hide tonight
behind a mask of dusty crimson hue,
a crescent just above the edge of night
whose curving blade demarks the lunar day.

warm and moonless night
city wakes ten thousand moons
searching for darkness

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/11/08


blank renku – a form of linked verse, written by one or multiple authors in alternating collaboration. Blank renku differs from renku in that stanzas alternate between haiku form, and blank verse. The shortest blank verse stanza would be a couplet. The longest would fill a Post It note, the original (fictional) medium of blank renku, as invented for The Blank Verse Mystery. Variations are expected.

Blank renku can be played as a game, in the original spirit of renku. It merges poetry from East and West. Writers can choose to write in their stronger form or in their weaker one, and in this way it is similar to the game of THUD.

We Dowsers, All

We dowse of water, dowse of flame.
We dowse of wonder, dowse of fame.
We dowse of pleasure, dowse of pain.
We dowse the crazy, dowse the sane.

We dowse of power, and dowse of lust.
We dowse of virtue, and dowse the just.
We dowse sincere, and dowse of trust.

But, one true dowse, dowse We most,
Yet, one true dowse, to dowse the host,
We dowse the truth, averted eyes.
We dowse with sticks to cover lies.

Paul Guernsey Player, © 2018/11/04


In response to Our Newest Emperor’s New Clothes, by Judy Dykstra-Brown

My comment on her post:

“…much as many Americans are fleeing south…” I considered fleeing when my Fellow Americans elected Obama twice. I felt exactly as you do now, that my country was being destroyed by Enemies Within. I strived then, as I still do, to see my political foes as intelligent beings and to avoid “hurling hateful invectives”, such as this. When you attack the leader, you attack the millions who, with open eyes, selected this option over one far worse.
 Yes, our eyes are open, and I assume that yours are, too. It is time for us all to lift our gaze above the rim of our small worlds and see what others see.