Typically for these blog posts, I search the web for lessons and links relevant to the work we've published. And as a poet I've experimented with poems broken into parts. But I've only found one site that refers to these as "cleave" poems. The Cleave hasn't been active since 2010, but I like the description there of "a poem that is really three poems:"
- two parallel vertical poems (left and right)
- a third horizontal poem that fuses the vertical poems
Last year's Poetry Editor Kaye Linden and I particularly love Jacob Trask's "Splintered" (Bacopa Literary Review 2016) because it does all of the above, and also reflects upon itself in its title and its shape:
the crack in the frame
is thin almost nonexistent
it runs parallels
from top peak
of jamb too far
to the floor it's in my head
only through this determined
all of it the thought of it even
has been found scarred, maybe
deeply fractured broken
Jacob Trask is a graduate student studying English with a focus in creative writing, The College at Brockport, State University of New York.