What is a grid poem?

A grid poem is a 3 x 3 arrangement of lines written to allow two different readings: left-to-right, and top-to-bottom. This allows subtly, or drastically, different perspectives to emerge from the same text. Part haiku, part Sudoku, the full poem is only revealed through re-reading and exploration.

What is a grid poem?

A grid poem is a 3 x 3 arrangement of lines written to allow two different readings: left-to-right, and top-to-bottom. This allows subtly, or drastically, different perspectives to emerge from the same text. Part haiku, part Sudoku, the full poem is only revealed through re-reading and exploration.

Narrative Glyphs

An illustrated system of narrative glyphs accompany each poem, offering a third, purely visual exploration of the text. The glyphs were carefully structured along the same grid system the written poetry lies on. They in fact, form the negative space of said grid, and intend to visualize the most reductive image possible to allow for multiple interpretations.

A sample grid poem

A sample grid poem.

Grid Poems Vol. 1 pairs each poem with a visual illustration built on the same grid as each piece of writing.