You could choose to write about molecules, but that’s not what I’m suggesting here. I’m recommending you write in very small particles. Try writing an atom poem. I learned of this short form variation of a haiku from a post on Ben Alexander’s “The Skeptic’s Kaddish,” a blog I enjoy following. Alexander cites the Poets Collective website for the source of the instructions for the form:
Provide a title.
Write in a series of three-line stanzas.
Use five letters in the first line of each stanza
Use seven letters in the second line of each stanza.
Use five letters in the third line of each stanza.
Do NOT capitalize any letters.
Do NOT use punctuation.
Use as many stanzas as needed.
Below is my first attempt at an atom poem:
When it Snows in San Bernardino
You can create a whole journal devoted to atomic poems, or make a journal devoted to short form poetry where you try out a different form each day, week, or month. You could create an eclectic journal where you respond to different prompts/ideas on each page. You’re in charge of your writing. Your journal is yours.
I wanted to create something special for my friend Victoria Waddle’s birthday. I imagined her initials made out of open books.
I tested the block using some black ink. The first impression (bottom left) showed some of the lines in the negative space. I carved them lower to remove them from the print (top right). I created a cut-out form (upper right) to help me align the block with the paper. I ended up choosing blue ink for the final print (bottom right).