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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, dafont.com 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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Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:35 am
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The Great Fall

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

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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


Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:39 am
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Black Widow

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


Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:40 am
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Little Britches

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


Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:41 am
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Be not a slave
to wonted order of words;
subordinate rules
to meaning.


Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:15 pm
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5 55

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5:55
The clock hisses the time
Give it up, dead man
Eternity's got you beat


Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:17 am
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Some other poetry comics!

Haiku Comics
http://haikucomics.com

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
http://www.phancy.com/fhrhh

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.


Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:05 pm
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Hey, just spotted a non-haiku one on Smack Jeeves:

Six Inch Mechanical Moose
http://simm.smackjeeves.com


Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:50 am
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Semele

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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

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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~.


Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:32 am
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RMHN

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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.


Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:53 am
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