'Twas briillig, and the slithy toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; / All mimsy were the borogoves. / And the mome raths outgrabe.
— Lewis Carroll, from Jabberwocky in "Through the Looking Glass," 1872
Copyright © Mike Shaffer, 2009


Open Air

Hidden   as   the   crying    owl

flying sighing

say no more

empty pockets

day one

start now


ABSTRACT POETRY—Commonly misidentified. Similar to and generally confused with nonsense verse but more perplexing and surreal. Relies on rhythms and patterns more than sounds to convey emotion and feeling but may also be in the form of free verse. Meanings of words are irrelevant, can involve scrambled words and phrases and is often pointless and absurd but captivating. Most abstract poems are also nonsensical.

Fake Snake

Break lake wake. Ache.
Make cake. Bake.
Quake shake steak. Rake.
Take fake snake.

E W Shaffer

Poetry & Prose