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
turned thoughts channel cascade
winged words fly free
dawning descending heating hand
fingers form inscribed ideas