1996 - 2008


Photo David Morris Poet
Nonlinear Poetry

I will write a poem for you, a loved one, an event, nation, a company, an institution, to teach a concept, company story (not mission), to sell a product, to change thinking, in memorial, point out an injustice, to tell a story, strategy, or to over come. Please contact me? DM

This is a help page for Irish Celtic Poetry. Any questions please e-mail me. You are welcome to include your own poems on my site. E-mail me and I will try to help you. I have enjoyed creating a help page on my other two websites. DM 8/17/07

What are some other names for the poetic form?
opus, play, poem, prose, tract, treatise, ballad, epic, lyric, ode, poesy, poetry, rhyme, rune, anthem, aria, ballad, canticle, ditty, lullaby, lyric, melody, psalm, refrain, shanty, limerick, lyric, song, sonnet, verse, doggerel verse, aria, ballad, canticle, ditty, expression, balladry paean, rime, rune

Are there cultures that are more poetic than others?
Almost the entire world outside of the USA has a much more obvious relationship to poetic and story forms.
We think and are told we are rational scientists.

What is a linear poem?
Where the poet expects to transfer a particular idea to the reader.
The meaning may be difficult to unravel but the poet believes it to be possible.
Where the thoughts and meaning move foreword line by line.
Where the poet tries to rhyme to keep the linear form.
Where the number of lines either change or stay the same.
It usually has a consistent and repeating form.
The poem is designed to be written down to transfer meaning.
What is a nonlinear 6+ or -3 poem?
The poet knows that it is not possible to transfer their particular meaning and idea to the reader.
Meaning is within both the poet and each individual reader.
Thoughts and meaning of the poem can change as the reader changes.
The number of lines stays the same to make it easier for the reader or listener to memorize.
The poem can be changed by each reader.
The poetic form is open to change by the poet or the reader.
Rhyming is not part of this form.

What if the nonlinear poem is translated by a reader to do harm?
It is out of your control.
People are just too complicated to transfer the same meaning.

What if others assign very negative insights and meaning to your nonlinear poems?
This has been done to poetic artists throughout history.
Story holders can see anything that they search for in anything.
This is the nonlinear 6+ or -3 theoretical underpinning for all my work.

Is it possible to interpreted the meaning of a nonlinear poem as it was meant by the poet?
In some cases the poet will share their meaning with their reader.
Even when the poet shares their meaning no one will understand because the context is different.
In other cases the poet will not share their meaning.
The ones that have no fear in identifying and interpreting meaning are professors, the power elite, and those seeking power.

Why would anyone want to read or hear a poem that they can interpreter for themselves?
The linear world does not want anyone to have any forms that allow for individual interpretation.
Art to survive must be so obscure or so identified as not to cause a challenge to dominant story holders.
This has always been the way it is everywhere and through time. Art is to support a dominant story.
What is 6+ plus or -3?
I got the idea from several different areas.
The concept of three or Celtic triads.
Three is also a foundation of Christianity.
Many other stories identify the number three as important.
For three to be nonlinear it must in my view it is represented as interchangeable.
6+ or -3 covers three in their different configurations.
My logo created by Cathy Stock has three different size circles with in a circle.
Another concept in psychology is that individuals can remember 7+ or -2 concepts.
With this idea these psychologists were suggesting that people can remember five to nine concepts. I could not remember five things and found three to nine more realistic.
My Professor, Dr. Charles Reigluth also has a 6+ or -3 concepts as part of his educational Elaboration Theory. I believe he does not see this as a three of three concept.
Joseph Campbell was the first to transfer to me the concept of a universal number. He said that the number 432 was the number of the Universe. When added up they equal nine or back to 6+ or -3.
What is the connection between 6+ or -3 and your nonlinear form of poetry?
My logo has three of three interchangeable circles surrounded by a circle.
The Celtic Christian poetic form has three lines repeated three times surrounded by a title.

Do you believe that you developed the 6+ or -3 form?
As I get older I find that my thoughts are bound within the influence of my dominant story.
To think I could escape my story and come up with a new concept is ego.
I believe I am able to identify, decipher, and teach others the worlds dominant stories.
I do not believe that linear Western power has the slights interest in allowing the nonlinear to resurface.
Those who forced to fail in the West are those from nonlinear storytelling cultures.
To me this is the underlying reason for the thousands of years of anti Celtic, Irish, Catholic, Protestant actions in the West.
I also realize that this extends far beyond the above groups.
Where does the linear come from?
The success of Roman military conquests in organizing the masses into soldiers in the Roman army.
This model was transferred by the Roman military into the production, building, state craft, and the pre-Christian religion of their entire society.
With the collapse of the Roman empire a new Christian story evolved.
The Church was created as a counter balance to the pre Christian story model.
One may interpret that the last 2000 years as a fight between the pre Christian story and the Christian story.
We continue to live in a pre Christian Roman religious society as reflected in industrial, educational, political, and military structures.
The slightest change in this story is met with force, rejection, ridicule, and economic oblivion. Much more on my web site marketing and storytelling .com.

What is a Linear Poem?
A linear poem begins and then moves the poem forward to a conclusion. Meaning is developed through the linear sequencing of the words that follow. If a line is left out or moved meaning is lost.

Where does the nonlinear come from?

The complexities and individual experiences of life.

The nonlinear follows uncertainty.
The linear follows certainty.

Can you show me how to begin to write nonlinear poetry?
I can try but you will do it your own way anyway.
The reason is that you are nonlinear as a human.
Do you want to write a nonlinear 6+ or -3 poem?

Nonlinear Poetry

Nonlinear poetry differs from linear poetry in that the reader or speaker may switch and add lines at will. The meaning to you will not be transferred directly to any reader. (Below is a job aid to write a nonlinear poem.)

Many students have written their own poems. My poetry has been successful with students from the fourth grade through the doctoral level. Marketing is poetry. Learning to compress your ideas into the least number of words has always been a form of real power.

Write your first poem as you go through this job aid. Start now, do not practice, just perform. Read through and then go back and forth and do it the way you wish.

Step 1
Think of any one to four words statement that has value to you.

Step 2
Write the same exact line eight times followed by a comma.

Go back and capitalize the first word in each of the three stanzas
One to four words statement,
one to four words statement,
one to four words statement,
One to four words statement,
one to four words statement,
one to four words statement,
One to four words statement,
one to four words statement,

Step 3
Think about each of the eight lines and add a completely different thought that supports or negates the eight lines.

Add a semicolon to the first two lines of the first two stanzas. Follow with a period on the third line of the first two stanzas and a period on the second line of the third stanza. After each semicolon the new word follows with a small letter, unless it is a proper noun.
One to four word statement, and now add a new and different thought about the first part.
One to four words statement, a new thought about the first part;
one to four words statement, a new thought about the first part;
one to four word statement, a new thought about the first part.
One to four words statement, a new thought about the first part:
one to four words statement, a new thought about the first part;
one to four words statement, a new thought about the first part.

One to four words statement, a new thought about the first part:
one to four words statement, a new thought about the first part;

Step 4
Think of a final line of the nine lines putting all the above into perspective now put it in.

Step 5
Add a title to the poem. Use as few words as possible and do not repeat any group of words in the poem. The title does not or should not have anything to do with the poem.

Step 6
After the last word of the three stanzas add a period or question mark.

Step 7
Look over the entire poem and make sure that that the order of your thoughts is how you want them. Make any changes in any way you would like..

Step 8
Skip a space and add the writer's First and Last Name at the end.
I find it best to not have any co-authors because you then do not have the same control over your work.
Add 200x. You may prefer a circle with a c in the middle and then the year.
Bold the title, make the text smaller and make your name even smaller.
Save your poems in different forms. Email to yourself. In case one form is lost you can retrieve it. If you have children or someone special you can make up a book of your poems for them and you will also have another source of saving.
I use special Celtic fonts on my poems I got off the internet and I put them on 81/2 by 11 heavier paper I get from Staples.
Step 9

Sign the poem in pencil next to your name.

If you sign in ink it is much easier for someone to copy your poems. I like colored pencils. Number each poem (if you like) on the left side of your name. 1/50, 2/50 or 1/100, 2/100, 3/100 or 1/1000, 2/1000, 3/1000, 4/1000. The higher the number the less the perceived worth of the poem.

I stopped numbering for now.
I frame my poems in frames I get from Costco.

This Nonlinear Poetry Instructional Design job aid is only a guide to get you started. Do whatever your heart desires. I make all kinds of changes but I strive to keep the number 6+ or -3. Try to have all lines be interchangeable and maintain meaning. I tried once to make each word in the 9 lines interchangeable.

Will people steal your poems?
Without a doubt if they like them.

Will companies take your poems and sell them under another poet's name?
Without a doubt if they think they can make money.
They may even use your own name.

What can you do?
My advice is to them with the US government and put a notice on all your work.
You can hide your work from the world until you die.
Your offspring will probably through your work out or loose it.
I post my work on the web with a notice.
Your choice.

What are the other possibilities for 6+ or - 3 form of poems?
The application of 6+ or -3 has infinite possibilities in education, training, public relations, propaganda, and the military for individuals, events, and in marketing.
I have never found a topic that I could not put into this format.
If the format does not agree with you make up your own.

Why would any of these areas of infinite possibilities want a form that is open to individual interpretation?
This is and has been the human condition.

Will you reveal the secret?
Yes, but almost no one that is dedicated to the linear will suggest that they get it even when I reveal this.
Communication is individualized but is possible to create in a way that is positive and informing to story holders.
Each of us may enjoy, learn from, and grow with Shakespeare but no one sees it the same way.
This is the real underlying power of religion.
We may discuss religion with great certainty but meaning is very individualized for each of us.
We respond within the context and our position within the story.
The linear world cannot hold power for long against the nonlinear. It goes back and forth.


E-mail me, and I will put your poem (s) on my site under your name. No strings attached. Must take responsibility for your own copyright.