Tang Matrix | John Wolff


—for Russell Lux1


I picked those words
as if mad,
suddenly seeing
somewhat obsessed,
I live as
in a distant world.

John Wolff


1Explaining an original experimental form he called “Four-by-Twos,” Russell Lux explains that “this idea is loosely based on Tang poetry and mathematical matrices. I’m trying to write four lines and two separate columns. Column one descends in word count from 4 to 1. Column two ascends from 1 to 4. If both stanzas can stand alone as individual thoughts, that is ideal.”


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