The Earlswood Asylum: Acrostic Chance

the charles bernstein experiments

6. Acrostic chance: Pick a book at random and use title as acrostic key phrase. For each letter of key phrase go to page number in book that corresponds (a=1, z=26) and copy as first line of poem from the first word that begins with that letter to end of line or sentence. Continue through all key letters, leaving stanza breaks to mark each new key word. (Cf.: Jackson Mac Low’s Stanzas for Iris Lezak.) Variations include using author’s name as code for reading through her or his work, using your own or friend’s name, picking different kinds of books for this process, devising alternative acrostic procedures. Or use the web “Mac Low diastic” engine. Or try the mesostic engine

For my poem, I used an eDiastic engine and fed the title of the book and threaded the title of Mental disability in Victorian England: the Earlswood Asylum, 1847-1901 through the text!

earlswood

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