I have chosen to utilize poetry as a means of exploring human efforts to both decimate and restore American woodlands. Whether or not I will hone in on a specific wilderness, I have yet to decide.
I would like to try out a new approach to free-verse poetry through the use of what I’ve decided to call “layered poetry.” Of course, all poetry has multitudes of layers, both in language and content, though what I refer to is the physical form of the piece.
I would like to print each page on translucent paper, which I hope will provide a more striking and direct dialogue between the pages, as the poem in it’s entirety will be visible to the reader before flipping pages.
This will allow the reader to directly participate in the dismantling of the language, as each page turned removes language from the greater visually-represented dialogue. Ideally, this act can translate to an “emotional deforestation” of the reader’s experience.
However, this experience remains pertinent to the single act of each individual reading. The final presentation of this will prove challenging. Perhaps this is where collaboration comes in?