Increasingly, or: Apocalypse now

A Cadralor


carefully, meticulously, 
he sands the edges down until
each peg glides smoothly into place,
then cringes upon noticing
he got all the colors mixed up.


excited, her friends follow her
new cake recipe step by step,
baking identical desserts
for their kids' birthdays, regardless
of their children's preferences.


Search Engine Optimization
becomes the top priority
for online content creators,
as they come to favor Google
algorithms over their souls.


children cry upon receiving
any criticism from their teachers,
classmates, or parents, and grow up
self-entitled and entirely 
unequipped to fend for themselves. 


truth becomes an increasingly
fuzzy concept, as life loses
meaning and creativity
becomes a punchline; depression
and blame-shifting are pervasive.


The cadralor is a poem of 5, unrelated, numbered stanzaic images, each of which can stand alone as a poem, is fewer than 10 lines, and ideally constrains all stanzas to the same number of lines. Imagery is crucial to cadralor: each stanza should be a whole, imagist poem, almost like a scene from a film, or a photograph. The fifth stanza acts as the crucible, alchemically pulling the unrelated stanzas togetherโ€ฆ

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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33 thoughts on “Increasingly, or: Apocalypse now”

  1. I love the way this played out! I was looking for that connecting thread from the start โ€“ finally found it in that last stanza. Masterful!!

  2. I love the first stanza especially. ๐Ÿ˜†

    David, am I missing a type of block or something in WordPress? I notice that your poetry and some others is in what looks like the preformatted text block, but yours doesn’t wrap when it joys the end of the screen, whereas mine does. How do you do it? There are some poems I want to do that require more space and I hate losing the form on a phone. โค๏ธ

          1. All good! I think Iโ€™ve finally found it. Itโ€™s the Classic block – preformatted text (at least from what Iโ€™ve used so far). ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ

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