poetry, Uncategorized, Writing, writing exercise

Pollock, a Poetic Form

This poetic form is one I hadn’t ever heard of before this year. A blogger I know, Paul, has written about the ‘Pollock’, which is a poem based on, in fact consisting of, a quote by the famous American artist, Jackson Pollock. There are rules and things, and rather than describe them I offer this link to Paul’s Poetry Playground, where the original blog post is, describing this form of poetry.

It’s well worth exploring Paul’s great blog, he has many interesting poetry related posts there, with all kinds of poetry related things for you to enjoy!

I read the blog post earlier this year, read Paul’s own ‘Pollock’ poem, but didn’t think any further about it. Then I saw another poet’s attempt at this odd style, and it piqued my interest, so I have now had a go at it myself.

I decided to find a different quote, and so called on Google to assist, as I often do. I don’t know how I feel about the poem I created, in response to this challenge, and though I haven’t read my poem aloud (yet), I suspect it will work better as a performance piece, than it may as a written poem.

Here it is, for you to read, have a look – I’d love to know what you think about it!


It’s Just a Pollock

Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.

A technique, a statement, just arriving …

A just statement, a means of arriving.

A statement arriving, a means of technique.

Arriving at a statement, just.

Technique means, a statement arriving.

A just means, arriving …

A just means of arriving at a statement.

Statement, technique, just …

A statement just is …

At, just means a statement is arriving.

Just means.


‘Arriving at’, means just is – a statement!

4 thoughts on “Pollock, a Poetic Form”

    1. You’re most welcome, Paul! I might read this at the next Gawler Poets at the Pub event, I read it ‘aloud’ in my head, and I think it worked, OK. I try to put links in, more these days, it’s a way to add more to a blog post.

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  1. Love the form, hadn’t seen it before and it works beautifully. Read Paul’s Poetry Playground Pollock verse and yours, they are great and look like a lot of fun to do.

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