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Unread 03-15-2021, 01:13 PM
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As it is, I've done many variations on the mesostic concept. For example, I have poems that don't line up the letters but spread the blank letters throughout the poem for children to fill in. They then have to put the letters in order to spell out the word that is also the solution to the poem's riddle.
Having the answer word in all blank letters and then having to unscramble them is a really novel element to add to the mesostic game. I think it's pretty cool.
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Unread 03-15-2021, 07:45 PM
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The name was unfamiliar to me but it reminded me of a thing now abandoned in the back of my mental sock-drawer. I was once hell-bent on writing a poem that was visibly unremarkable and made perfect sense but included a central thread that read: anyone found speedreading this poem will be shot.

Circumstances overtook it.
Do it. Do it. Do it.
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Mesostic poems are new to me. I don't agree that the rules are pointless. One might argue that without the rules, the form would be pointless--unless the resulting shaped poem were intricate enough to show that the placement in each line of the salient letter was not random (calling Jan D. Hodge!). Bob, you've added some clever twists which vitalize the thing.

Annie, I second Martin in urging you to write that poem. And explain your method. How would one hide a message that would be seen only by a speed reader? (Would you assume the reader were reading in a Z pattern, as they tried to teach Bob to do?)
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Go play scrabble if you want intersecting words.
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Kevin, thatís so cruel. Hah. Basically my opinion also unless the overall structure is special somehow, at least for people over nine years old. Still, there are lovable folk who do all sorts of things. Synchronized swimming, for example.
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