Spaces: A Poetic Form
by Brian Strand
Gael Turnbull (1928-2004), a Scottish doctor/poet first created this imagist 'Spaces' form in his Collection 'Briefly (1967).
SPACES is a two-line poem (& an integral title) with a larger than normal 'space (or gap) between the two lines, as the unseen line. Turnbull noted this 'space', as a pause or hesitation or even a temporary dislocation of attention.
This 'missing' unsaid line, is a classic & specific example of imagism & is provided by the reader inserting his imagination thereto, thus making the form participatory &uniquely variable to each reader.
An imagist form that demonstrates its unique interplay with the reader.
a window pane shatters
nobody makes a home run
Note in Amplification
- The first line provides a 'happening' that can provoke a scenario for the reader to imagine the missing (blank ) line & thereby provides a pause as a 'happening' to evolve.
- The last tangible line is a pertinent observation by the poet on the 'event' previously described in the poem.
- The integral title summarises the poem or dilemma in the event or happening.