Write Wrong

Chris Piuma, word garbler


April is International Pwoermd Writing Month,
and I spent the month writing

pwoermds over on Twitter—in Latin.
What’s a pwoermd? It’s a one-

word poem, a poem aggressively edited,
language torqued and tickled: diced, spliced,

& awfully nice. As Geof Huth,
who coined the word, has noted,

pwoermds seem more native to English
or French, languages with unintuitive orthographies

that encourage unlikely spellings. Even Chaucer
got in on the hacktion. So

my Latin pwoermds, which I’m calling
Carmnomina, may come off as blatantly

English—especially with their love of
consonant clusters and unlikely compounds—or

maybe German? I’m thinking of working
them over awhile, into something worthy

of a chapbook. Or translating them,
or asking others to translate them?

We’ll see. Meanwhile, some of my
InterNaPwoWriMo pwoermds from 2013 were published

in the wisdoms of the universes
in a single string of letters

just released by Xexoxial. It includes
lots of great pwoermdists: Grab it!

the wisdoms of the universe in a single string of letters

05 May 2015

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