Portrait and Landscape

It is perhaps evident that orientation influences the flow. The plane affects the pace of reading. I am reminded of Wasssily Kandinsky’s remarks on the basic plane (BP) in Point and Line to Plane.

At all events, certain forces of resistance can be felt upon approaching each of the four borders of the BP, and these definitely separate the unit BP from the world surrounding it. The approach of a form to the border is, therefore, subject to a special influence, which is of critical importance in the composition. [trans. Howard Dearstyne and Hilla Rebay]

Take for example the layout of the following poem in three horizontal blocks:

Text of poem transcribed in body of blog entry

Elocution (poem)

It is difficult to achieve similar results with a vertical arrangement:

daylight tightens
squint grabbed
back-of-the-throat skid

what’s up the creek is down
the road and over the

semaphore along finger of spine
dream-fed dusk-hungry

And of course the addition of a yellow background is also an element at play…

And so for day 772

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