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Mirror Poem Seas Choppy Human Communication

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by noticing lies and isle are an anagram, and thinking they fitted into the FM form, as islands stick out above the ocean surface.

Mirror Poem Anagram Metaphor 

He then put the poem together to fit in with that idea. The poem is from a lifetime of experience rather than anything recent. Human communication is as constant and unpredictable as the ocean waves.

Since writing the above, Marc decided to add another couple of anagrams from, in alphabetical order, the letters e-i- l-s, that sound like negative words, which was something he thought about, and also fitted in with adding a couple of words at the bottom to finish off the mirror falling-sinking form nicely.

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Anagram Ocean Inspiration, Navigating Uncharted Metaphor

slie esil
lies are not an isle
jutting up jealously
sticking out
high above surface

stormy poisoned seas, dragging sailors down

tattered tugboats try
staying together
seeing out storm
truth usually sails against wind
often sinking

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (, and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (


Poem about Search for What Matters and What Matter Is

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by a Ben Gilliland article in the Metro newspaper (November 4th, 2013). It is still available on the website.

Scientific Wordplay Poem about Search for Matter

The middle and bottom half of the poem contains details about the search for what matter is, as the ‘normal’ matter we think we know accounts for less than 5% of what is thought to be out there.

The first half of the poem plays on the double meaning of the word ‘matter’.

Metro (British newspaper)

Not Everything Matters, All is Matter

why does nothing seem to matter?
what’s the matter?
what’s the matter with you?
what’s the matter in you?
what’s the matter around you?
what’s the matter you can’t see?
what’s the matter you can’t feel?

normal matter only 4.9%, 95.1% still a mystery
something’s sticking universe, scientists conducting experiments
it interacts with gravity, but not with electromagneticity

weakly interacting massive particles offer hope
WIMPs matter because they impact atoms
theoretically energising nudged atom nucleus
flash photon and electrons release
creates detectable light for machines
hoping to identify
if anything beyond us really matters

Metro, containing link to article.

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (, and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (

Literary Nonsense Nature Poem for Pingomatic

I just typed in this blog instead of travel25years to Pingomatic, and realised my mistake just as I rushed it through, so here’s a little literary nonsense i just made up, so Pingomatic won’t be sending search engines on a wild goose chase! Hope you enjoy it too!!

there’s a dingo in my lingo
an Australian wild dog in my blog

writer sitting vertically, horizontal middle line

flying upside down to nature around world
only parrots can follow words hollow

Experimental Poem Images Words Mind Inspiration

Always trying to bring new developments in Folding Mirror poetry, Marc Latham’s latest poem uses images in the first half and text in the second.
So instead of two mirroring halves of text either side of a folding middle line, there are three images above and three lines of text below; either side of an image and line of text.
Hopefully the images and text tell the story of how inspiration for a poem strikes (the muse); with the images in the top half metaphors for the working of the mind told in the text in the bottom half. The images and words hopefully mirror each other either side of a folding middle line of image and text.
The poem therefore describes being inspired by the muse after being inspired by the muse in images and words, so there are multiple layers of mind and art contained in the short poem.
Poetic interpretations of images are called ekphrastic poems; this poem combines the images and descriptions within the poem, so it’s semi-ekphrastic or mirror-ekphrastic (new poetry form?).
The bottom half also structures the lines into two-by-two word-first-letter combinations, such as two Ts and two Cs in the first line. Here it is:

Imagination Inspires, Physical Produces




a wheel

turned thoughts channel cascade

winged words fly free

dawning descending heating hand

fingers form inscribed ideas

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (, and he has books available on Amazon (

Remembrance Day UK Poem

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem started off less than an hour ago with the idea of creating a war poem, as  the UK’s remembrance day takes place this week. Marc thinks the time taken to create the poem is quite impressive, but maybe you’ll think it shows in a poor poem!? Unlike some of the great twentieth-century war poets, Marc can’t claim to have experienced the trials and tribulations of war, and wrote the poem from media representations.
The first line  of the poem kind of had Bob Dylan’s first line of The Times they are a-Changin’ going through Marc’s mind, which was ‘Gather round people…’ Then ‘shell-like’ emerged between Marc’s ears, and he decided to fill the top half of the poem with double-meaning references to some of the bombs and their materials that soldiers have faced in the last few centuries, with Britain’s two twentieth-century ‘world wars‘ the most redolent; this ends with France’s primary river. France was central to both ‘world-wars’ in Europe.
For your increased enjoyment of the poem, here are some explanations of the slang words found in the first half of the poem:
shell-like is slang for ear.
shrapnel is slang for small valued money: such as pennies, cents and centimes.
bomb is slang for do badly.
powder is slang for drugs such as cocaine.
The second half of the poem focuses on the after-effects of war experiences that affect many combatants through post-traumatic stress disorder. Here’s the poem:
WW1 poets sim - field hospital
WW1 poets sim – field hospital (Photo credit: TaraYeats)
Bombs Away May, Return Another Day
cluster around people
words in your shell-like
powder to brain
paid with shrapnel
you’re gonna bomb
fragmentation in Seine
mortar rains, immortal remains
shrill crater creator
lands in cranium
disorder neurons’ new
rule of thumb
the sound of air-mines
blows sound mind
774 - Neuron Connection - Pattern
774 – Neuron Connection – Pattern (Photo credit: Patrick Hoesly)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (

Poem Stream Overflows from Literature Lake

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by a few ideas and short poems that came to him while he was editing an article. Those ideas and short poems are published today on the Greenygrey blog. This poem has now been finished before the article, which is still undergoing detailed editing! Here’s the Folding Mirror poem:
English: Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, New Z...
English: Morning mist on Lake Mapourika, New Zealand. Français : Brume du matin sur le lac Mapourika, en Nouvelle-Zélande. Deutsch: Nebel bei Lake Mapourika in Neuseeland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Poems of the Prose
page of prose
literature’s lake rose
creating, reviewing, editing
sentences, paragraphs, chapters
minutes pass
hours elapse
concentration lapses
mental absences
deficit reigns, attention drains
streams flow
imagination grows
words gush
rhymes rush
lines, pentameters, cinquains
bubbling, demanding, bursting
language’s river honey
piece of poetry
English: Conemaugh River Lake Dam near Saltsbu...
English: Conemaugh River Lake Dam near Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (, and he has several books available on Amazon (

New Mirror Poetry Book Reviewed for Publication

Great news on the Folding Mirror book publishing front, as Marc Latham’s 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections was just sent to Kindle for review. It should be available soon if given the okay.
Here’s the book’s description:
Amazon Description
242 is Dr. Marc Latham’s second poetry collection, after the first one was published by Chipmunka in 2009. The first collection contained poems written by Marc from his youth to the creation of the Folding Mirror form, while this book focuses on the FM form recognised by Lewis Turco in his definitive ‘The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, Including Odd and Invented Forms’.
Caroline Gill, an award-winning poet whose ‘Thalatta, Thalatta’ Folding Mirror poem was used as an example in ‘The Book of Forms’ provides an introductory explanation of the Folding Mirror form at the start of this book.
This book contains 121 Folding Mirror poems created in three years by Marc Latham as he tried to make sense of the universe and life’s place in it. They are supported by 121 reflections relevant to the poems’ themes.
The seven chapters reflect the wide spectrum of issues and topics covered, being divided into: personal-psychological (containing thirty-four poems and thirty-four reflections), social (19-19), culture (15-15), literary (12-12), nature (30-30), travel (6-6) and space (5-5).
The poems and reflections were inspired by the deepest thoughts of a PhD graduate and world traveller, and his new research and observations on the above subjects. Before and during his world travels and university education, Marc was inspired by Romantic and Beat poets, Rock musicians and other writers and journalists who have trawled the mind for self-analysis while searching for knowledge about human nature.
Marc’s first collection featured bipolarity and ADHD in the title, and included several poems inspired by them. These topics feature again in this collection, with the poet finding the mirror form especially conducive for bipolarity poetry.
From his position in the average age’s middle-age, Marc’s poems and reflections in this collection stretch from humanity’s prehistoric past to our current space exploration and prospective future, while also comparing us with the animal world, and tackling the important social and environmental problems of the present.
Having focused on hegemony theory in his doctoral research, Marc uses his poetry to try and break through the cultural ‘norms and accepted truths’ of the modern monotheistic world to highlight alternative realities that could possibly improve conditions for plant, animal and human life.
Marc uses the two sides of the Folding Mirror poem to show at least two sides of arguments and issues, with the folding line in the middle either connecting or dividing the two halves.
There is also time for beauty and comedy amongst the digging and depression, and some poems and reflections provide colourful light-heartedness to lift the mood.
Several of the poems posted as reflections were written while Marc undertook a 100-mile trek to view Everest in the Nepalese Himalayas.
It is hoped that as well as entertaining the reader, the poems and thoughts will support the preservation of life and nature, and improve human understanding of itself and the world.