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Author:  BC [ Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:35 am ]
Post subject:  word

word is sort of a comic: as One Off is an outlet for jokes that pop into my head, so is word for poems; I usually get more poems popping than jokes, so word will probably outgrow One Off some day. Older, text poems of mine can be found here and then here.

I also enjoy scouring the web for nifty free fonts, being my favorite free-font-searching spot. Each little -word- poem will use a different free font--and these are entirely free fonts, not ones that are just "free for personal use" or whatnot.

I stole the poem picture idea from a real poet, whose web site you should totally check out.

The font used for the "word" logo is Kingthings Trypewriter 2.

Unlike most of my other comics, -word- is made at screen resolution, so prints ordered off the site aren't any higher resolution than what you could print yourself. But they're printed on glossy 8.5"x11" cardstock by an industrial-sized printer and signed by me in shiny ink, so yay! Also, I will take off the font info and URL at the bottom, but you can specify on the order form if you want them kept on.


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Author:  BC [ Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:39 am ]
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The Great Fall


Cracks appear
In my brick and mortar facade:
Cement to sand.
Send the king's horses away.


The apostrophe belongs to a lookalike font since my old version of Photoshop didn't want to render Grantham's apostrophe for some reason. :P

Author:  BC [ Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:40 am ]
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Black Widow


The black widow squats
Under the new leaf.
She won't come out;
I've frightened her.

Author:  BC [ Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:41 am ]
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Little Britches


A roller coaster sleigh ride
and you're in the caboose.
Giddy up, little britches;
two hours 'til dawn.

Author:  BC [ Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:15 pm ]
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Be not a slave
to wonted order of words;
subordinate rules
to meaning.

Author:  BC [ Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:17 am ]
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5 55


The clock hisses the time
Give it up, dead man
Eternity's got you beat

Author:  BC [ Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:05 pm ]
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Some other poetry comics!

Haiku Comics

A two-man effort, one writing a haiku, and another drawing pictures to accompany it, sometimes unpredictably. Mostly zombie-themed and the like. Kind of morbid, some adult bits, but really high quality stuff all in all.

Floating Henry Rollins Head Haiku

Stopped years ago, but surprisingly entertaining for strips centering around a low-quality photo of Henry Rollins' disembodied head and its disadvantaged haiku adventures. Charming in bizarre ways.

Author:  BC [ Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:50 am ]
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Hey, just spotted a non-haiku one on Smack Jeeves:

Six Inch Mechanical Moose

Author:  BC [ Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:32 am ]
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Not for naught did he naughty seem
God's love was the manciple's dream
For vision divine she'd duly die
Bacchus sewn in Jupiter's thigh


Came across the bizarre story of Bacchus' birth in a footnote in the Penguin edition of Spenser's The Faerie Queene. His mother, Semele, died after seeing Zeus in his real lightning-blasting form--Hera tricked her into asking him to do that--so Zeus took their unborn child, who would become the god Bacchus (aka Dionysus), and carried him to term inside his thigh. :o

The romance came up in Faerie Queene as part of a long list of kinky mythological love stories--Zeus was in the form of an eagle when he became enamored with Semele--leading up to "The Masque of Cupid" in book 3, which is a moral allegory on chastity. "Manciple" is a nifty old word Spenser used elsewhere in the poem; it was the starting point of this poem (oh no wait, first the not-naught-naughty thing popped into my head), which then added on the thigh-sewing thing that I guess had left an impression on me, and somehow gradually became a poem about Semele--who ended up fitting nicely into the "manciple" role, since she was a priestess of Zeus (Jupiter/Jove etc). Ah serendipity.

I squeezed the letters divided by apostrophe's a little closer together; by default they come out pretty widely spaced in Clarisse~.

Author:  BC [ Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:53 am ]
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Your diction is marvelous
That much appears obvious
But are you a novice
Or more of a novelist?

To whit, this rather august
Club of members yet modest
Considers you for the office
Of Resident Master Hob-Nobbist.

Should your elocution prove flawless
Then with a pleasure full honest
I shall give you the fondest
Welcome to our fair populace.

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