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In honor of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets has been sending out a poem a day via email to subscribers. I'm enjoying them, but one of them just…

Have you ever found the form of a poem to be so weird that it gets into the way of the meaning? I'm finding that to be the case with "Ferrum" by M. NourbeSe Philip. I did get the words, but the format was so distracting as to make reading a chore, rather than a pleasure.


  1. Hope says:

    The for­mat­ting strikes me as a case of con­fus­ing obscu­ri­ty with depth. How­ev­er, I should point out that I’m tired enough to not be able to remem­ber my login for this site, so I may not be being suf­fi­cient­ly char­i­ta­ble to the poem. 

    Weird form should, I think, con­vey some kind of mean­ing. It can work, but it can also just be a bar­ri­er.

  2. Moondazed says:

    Weird form can be mean­ing­ful if it serves a pur­pose or is rep­re­sen­ta­tive… this poem is just annoy­ing 🙁

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