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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Comments on Diastic Poetry

With Reference to the Poems:
Major Concern for Squatters, Major Concern
Squatters’ Paradise
Poor Squalors

These Diastic poems are egoless and deterministic arrangements that use Diastic reading-through procedure. I wrote these poems sitting under the Barbados Cherry Tree at the back of my home on Cassia Drive, Husbands Terrace, St. James South, Barbados. The first two on September 14, 2007 and “Poor” on September 15, 2007; and thinking about the time, that’s three years after the death of Jackson Mac Low, the inventor of the Diastic reading-through method procedures. This method came about after Jackson had experimented with the computer-automated text selection program developed by the poet Charles Hartman in the late 1980s. Jackson Mac Low has used various versions of the computer-automated text selection program since 1989 in his poetry.

Diastic is a word Mac Low coined by fusing Greek words “dia” (meaning through) “stichos” (a line of writing, a verse and is contrasted to “acrostic” from “akros”) “Akros” an extreme, such as a letter at the beginning or end of a verse line. Here is how Jackson Mac Low described his Diastic method. The writer reads through the Source Text and successively finds words or other linguistic units that have the letters of the Seed Text in positions that correspond to those they occupy in the Seed Text. I used this technique when writing the poems, “Major Concern for Squatters, Major Concern” shown in Exhibit 2(a); “Squatters Paradise” shown in Exhibit 3(a) and “Poor" shown in Exhibit 4(a).

The Source Text for the poem “Major Concern for Squatters, Major Concern” is shown in Exhibit 2(b) with the words that have the letters of the Seed Text in positions that correspond to those occupied in the Seed Text emboldened.

Exhibit 2(a)
(SEED TEXT)
Major >> Concern > for >>Squatters, >> Major >> Concern
12345 >>1234567 >123>>123456789>>12345>>>1234567

Move days adjacent into water chemicals for many forced therefore
Oldbury residence
for housing
garbage
status squatters
squatters squat
palatable squatters squatters transformation solutions
Morning same adjacent into water country’s most manufacturing
purchase spite authorities
opinion

Exhibit 2(b)
SOURCE TEXT

Article from the Daily Newspaper

The front page story of the Nation on July 18 highlighted that some squatters had been given enforcement notice to move from Oldbury and this was followed by another article, two days later, by the same newspaper, on squatters mushrooming in a "Zone 1" area adjacent to Blenheim. In the latter case, the water course runs into the Belle aqueduct and is then pumped to most of our reservoirs by the Belle pumping station. I compliment the newspaper for highlighting this problem relating to water region which is now likely to become a health hazard. I say this because the water table in the Belle is the country's most precious source; and Barbados is dependent on this to supply our nationals, our livestock, our tourism and our manufacturing industries. The purity of the water must not be compromised if we are to survive physically and economically. If we know that contamination of or water supply would be irresponsible and not immediately reversible, why not be strict with our regulations? It urgently becomes necessary for the responsible powers (if there is such) to arrest this modality which is increasing and being ignored by the policing powers. On the other side of the coin, Barbados now finds itself with a problem where persons who want to improve their social status and would like to own a residence, are unable to purchase the relevant entities. Most of them opt for the less expensive option of becoming squatters with minimal overheads. There is an urgency associated with their need for housing; and this cannot be ignored. This is similar to a revolt since their actions continue and are being done in full view of everyone and without fear of being caught in spite of the item being highlighted in our daily newspaper. It would be a wise move if such signals are not ignored by the authorities but are acted upon before it develops into a genuine social revolt as erupted in 1937.

The article of 20th July states that the residents have either water or electricity but this is not true for all of them. Some of the installations of utilities were done (in my personal opinion) much faster than for non-squatters. There still has to be concern about the disposal of faeces, other waste products, collection of garbage, use of chemicals to control weeds and pollution that occur as the population density increases. This increase in numbers is inevitable especially when others requiring similar commodities realize that no action will be taken to arrest the potential disastrous circumstance in the Belle. I would like therefore to, enquire on the status and requirements needed to build in this area as I do not believe our Town & Country Planning Department should/would allow such circumstances to prevail. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with the squatters' goals of wanting to have their own home but should this be done at the detriment of our water resource which can ruin our economy if/when it affects any (if not all) of our sectors. This type of venture needs to be regulated. I will conclude with this quote from the July 22 SUNDAY SUN article One World which gives the social studies panacea: "At first, a few violate the social norms, but as more people violate them, the actions become the norm."

Government's adviser on eradicating poverty, made this plea yesterday in the wake of notices the Town Planning Department sent to several squatters in Oldbury,St Philip to move on. “To bring the bulldozers in and uproot so many persons at one time is inhumane and not in sync with Government's commitment to help the poorest of the poor," told the SATURDAY SUN "I am not one to encourage people to squat, but it would be sociological madness, pure and simple, just to uproot them like that, to send in the bulldozers and lick down their houses. "There must be a more palatable solution, there must be a more humane solution." Adviser said Government needed to "sit down and talk" with Oldbury's more than 60 squatters to find practical solutions, which could include "regularizing" their status or helping them to find alternative sites. "You just can't wake up one morning and give people notice to move like that, especially people who have been living on the same spot for many years," the former Adviser of Social Transformation argued. "I have talked to some of these people and I know that in that 28-day period more than half of those people will not be able to find alternative sites.

"The irony of it is that many of these same people now facing the threat of being pushed off the land would have applied to the National Housing Corporation many years ago for a house-spot or a unit to rent and never heard one word from the NHC." The Member of Parliament charged that the NHC, by its inability to respond adequately to the vast demand for low-income housing "solutions", and a short-sighted state building program that failed to anticipate that Government units would be "bursting at the seams" within two decades of being built, were partly to blame for some of the squatting. "You think there is only squatting in Oldbury and The Belle? There is squatting in almost all Government housing schemes, where people are adding on to the original structures to accommodate family and close friends,". "When you are building, you have to build with a vision; you have to build with a plan for the future, but the people responsible for construction of a lot of the Government units, especially those in The Pine, never foresaw that within two decades you would have massive overcrowding there."In some cases we have 14 to 16 people living in one small two-bedroom unit and sharing one toilet. They have to sleep on the chairs, they have to sleep on the ground, some have to sleep close to the toilet." These people found themselves between a rock and a hard place, forced to endure such conditions at home or to venture out to squat because they could not get land or houses to rent or buy. "Therefore Government has to make houses available in a massive way to the poorest of the poor," he added. He said in the case of The Belle, a vital source of water for Barbadians, the solution might lie in establishing a waste treatment plant and allowing the squatters to stay. "It is time to stop the talk and get on with the job," he added. (TY)

The Source Text for the poem “Squatters Paradise” is shown in Exhibit 3(b) with the words that have the letters of the Seed Text in positions that correspond to those occupied in the Seed Text emboldened.

Exhibit 3(a)
SEED TEXT

Squatters’>> Paradise
1 2 3 4 5 6 789 >>>> 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Same aqueduct country’s modality entities
caught genuine squatters’ solutions
People same Parliament demand building bursting decades purchase
squatters
Squatters Studies panacea
first
violate Squatters Squatters’ solutions

Page nation our
relating would policing signals increase squatters squatters squatters
squat
might industries
survive necessary overheads
Personal taken arrest disastrous world solution
schemes
continue

Exhibit 3(b)
SOURCE TEXT

Article from the Daily Newspaper

The front page story of the Nation on July 18 highlighted that some squatters had been given enforcement notice to move from Oldbury and this was followed by another article, two days later, by the same newspaper, on squatters mushrooming in a "Zone 1" area adjacent to Blenheim. In the latter case, the water course runs into the Belle aqueduct and is then pumped to most of our reservoirs by the Belle pumping station. I compliment the newspaper for highlighting this problem relating to water region which is now likely to become a health hazard. I say this because the water table in the Belle is the country's most precious source; and Barbados is dependent on this to supply our nationals, our livestock, our tourism and our manufacturing industries. The purity of the water must not be compromised if we are to survive physically and economically. If we know that contamination of or water supply would be irresponsible and not immediately reversible, why not be strict with our regulations? It urgently becomes necessary for the responsible powers (if there is such) to arrest this modality which is increasing and being ignored by the policing powers. On the other side of the coin, Barbados now finds itself with a problem where persons who want to improve their social status and would like to own a residence, are unable to purchase the relevant entities. Most of them opt for the less expensive option of becoming squatters with minimal overheads. There is an urgency associated with their need for housing; and this cannot be ignored. This is similar to a revolt since their actions continue and are being done in full view of everyone and without fear of being caught in spite of the item being highlighted in our daily newspaper. It would be a wise move if such signals are not ignored by the authorities but are acted upon before it develops into a genuine social revolt as erupted in 1937.

The article of 20th July states that the residents have either water or electricity but this is not true for all of them. Some of the installations of utilities were done (in my personal opinion) much faster than for non-squatters. There still has to be concern about the disposal of feces, other waste products, collection of garbage, use of chemicals to control weeds and pollution that occur as the population density increases. This increase in numbers is inevitable especially when others requiring similar commodities realize that no action will be taken to arrest the potential disastrous circumstance in the Belle. I would like therefore to, enquire on the status and requirements needed to build in this area as I do not believe our Town & Country Planning Department should/would allow such circumstances to prevail. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with the squatters' goals of wanting to have their own home but should this be done at the detriment of our water resource which can ruin our economy if/when it affects any (if not all) of our sectors. This type of venture needs to be regulated. I will conclude with this quote from the July 22 SUNDAY SUN article One World which gives the social studies panacea: "At first, a few violate the social norms, but as more people violate them, the actions become the norm."

Government's adviser on eradicating poverty, made this plea yesterday in the wake of notices the Town Planning Department sent to several squatters in Oldbury, St Philip to move on. “To bring the bulldozers in and uproot so many persons at one time is inhumane and not in sync with Government's commitment to help the poorest of the poor," told the SATURDAY SUN "I am not one to encourage people to squat, but it would be sociological madness, pure and simple, just to uproot them like that, to send in the bulldozers and lick down their houses.” There must be a more palatable solution; there must be a more humane solution." Adviser said Government needed to "sit down and talk" with Oldbury's more than 60 squatters to find practical solutions, which could include "regularizing" their status or helping them to find alternative sites. "You just can't wake up one morning and give people notice to move like that, especially people who have been living on the same spot for many years," the former Adviser of Social Transformation argued. "I have talked to some of these people and I know that in that 28-day period more than half of those people will not be able to find alternative sites. "The irony of it is that many of these same people now facing the threat of being pushed off the land would have applied to the National Housing Corporation many years ago for a house-spot or a unit to rent and never heard one word from the NHC."

The Member of Parliament charged that the NHC, by its inability to respond adequately to the vast demand for low-income housing "solutions", and a short-sighted state building program that failed to anticipate that Government units would be "bursting at the seams" within two decades of being built, were partly to blame for some of the squatting. "You think there is only squatting in Oldbury and The Belle? There is squatting in almost all Government housing schemes, where people are adding on to the original structures to accommodate family and close friends,". "When you are building, you have to build with a vision, you have to build with a plan for the future, but the people responsible for construction of a lot of the Government units, especially those in The Pine, never foresaw that within two decades you would have massive overcrowding there."In some cases we have 14 to 16 people living in one small two-bedroom unit and sharing one toilet. They have to sleep on the chairs, they have to sleep on the ground, some have to sleep close to the toilet."

These people found themselves between a rock and a hard place, forced to endure such conditions at home or to venture out to squat because they could not get land or houses to rent or buy. "Therefore Government has to make houses available in a massive way to the poorest of the poor," he added. He said in the case of The Belle, a vital source of water for Barbadians, the solution might lie in establishing a waste treatment plant and allowing the squatters to stay. "It is time to stop the talk and get on with the job," he added. (TY)

Exhibit 4(a)
SEED TEXT

Poor> Squalors
1234>12345678

Page some another course
Station
squatters housing
disastrous should opinion
advisor Oldbury

Persons poorest poor
regularizing status quote
squatters squat simple
bulldozers regularizing Barbados

Exhibit 4(b)
SOURCE TEXT

Article from the Daily Newspaper

The front page story of the Nation on July 18 highlighted that some squatters had been given enforcement notice to move from Oldbury and this was followed by another article, two days later, by the same newspaper, on squatters mushrooming in a "Zone 1" area adjacent to Blenheim. In the latter case, the water course runs into the Belle aqueduct and is then pumped to most of our reservoirs by the Belle pumping station. I compliment the newspaper for highlighting this problem relating to water region which is now likely to become a health hazard. I say this because the water table in the Belle is the country's most precious source; and Barbados is dependent on this to supply our nationals, our livestock, our tourism and our manufacturing industries. The purity of the water must not be compromised if we are to survive physically and economically. If we know that contamination of or water supply would be irresponsible and not immediately reversible, why not be strict with our regulations? It urgently becomes necessary for the responsible powers (if there is such) to arrest this modality which is increasing and being ignored by the policing powers. On the other side of the coin, Barbados now finds itself with a problem where persons who want to improve their social status and would like to own a residence, are unable to purchase the relevant entities. Most of them opt for the less expensive option of becoming squatters with minimal overheads. There is an urgency associated with their need for housing; and this cannot be ignored. This is similar to a revolt since their actions continue and are being done in full view of everyone and without fear of being caught in spite of the item being highlighted in our daily newspaper. It would be a wise move if such signals are not ignored by the authorities but are acted upon before it develops into a genuine social revolt as erupted in 1937.

The article of 20th July states that the residents have either water or electricity but this is not true for all of them. Some of the installations of utilities were done (in my personal opinion) much faster than for non-squatters. There still has to be concern about the disposal of feces, other waste products, collection of garbage, use of chemicals to control weeds and pollution that occur as the population density increases. This increase in numbers is inevitable especially when others requiring similar commodities realize that no action will be taken to arrest the potential disastrous circumstance in the Belle. I would like therefore to, enquire on the status and requirements needed to build in this area as I do not believe our Town & Country Planning Department should/would allow such circumstances to prevail. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with the squatters' goals of wanting to have their own home but should this be done at the detriment of our water resource which can ruin our economy if/when it affects any (if not all) of our sectors. This type of venture needs to be regulated. I will conclude with this quote from the July 22 SUNDAY SUN article One World which gives the social studies panacea: "At first, a few violate the social norms, but as more people violate them, the actions become the norm." Government's adviser on eradicating poverty, made this plea yesterday in the wake of notices the Town Planning Department sent to several squatters in Oldbury, St Philip to move on. “To bring the bulldozers in and uproot so many persons at one time is inhumane and not in sync with Government's commitment to help the poorest of the poor," told the SATURDAY SUN "I am not one to encourage people to squat, but it would be sociological madness, pure and simple, just to uproot them like that, to send in the bulldozers and lick down their houses.”

There must be a more palatable solution; there must be a more humane solution." Adviser said Government needed to "sit down and talk" with Oldbury's more than 60 squatters to find practical solutions, which could include "regularizing" their status or helping them to find alternative sites. "You just can't wake up one morning and give people notice to move like that, especially people who have been living on the same spot for many years," the former Adviser of Social Transformation argued. "I have talked to some of these people and I know that in that 28-day period more than half of those people will not be able to find alternative sites. "The irony of it is that many of these same people now facing the threat of being pushed off the land would have applied to the National Housing Corporation many years ago for a house-spot or a unit to rent and never heard one word from the NHC."

The Member of Parliament charged that the NHC, by its inability to respond adequately to the vast demand for low-income housing "solutions", and a short-sighted state building program that failed to anticipate that Government units would be "bursting at the seams" within two decades of being built, were partly to blame for some of the squatting. "You think there is only squatting in Oldbury and The Belle? There is squatting in almost all Government housing schemes, where people are adding on to the original structures to accommodate family and close friends,". "When you are building, you have to build with a vision, you have to build with a plan for the future, but the people responsible for construction of a lot of the Government units, especially those in The Pine, never foresaw that within two decades you would have massive overcrowding there."In some cases we have 14 to 16 people living in one small two-bedroom unit and sharing one toilet. They have to sleep on the chairs, they have to sleep on the ground, some have to sleep close to the toilet."

These people found themselves between a rock and a hard place, forced to endure such conditions at home or to venture out to squat because they could not get land or houses to rent or buy. "Therefore Government has to make houses available in a massive way to the poorest of the poor," he added. He said in the case of The Belle, a vital source of water for Barbadians, the solution might lie in establishing a waste treatment plant and allowing the squatters to stay. "It is time to stop the talk and get on with the job," he added. (TY)

Here are some guidelines on how to create your Diastic poem using the Diastic reading-through method developed by Jackson Mac Low.

Select a Source Text from any type of reading matter you prefer. Read it through from the beginning to the end to get an understanding of what is written in the Source Text.

Select a Title-phrase (Jackson Mac Low referred to the Theme or Title as the Title-phrase) from what you have just read for your Seed Text. Let’s suppose you selected as your Title-phrase is “Copiapo Miners”.

Locate the position each letter in the Title-phrase holds, that is, which letter is first, second and so as shown in the example being used here and shown below

Copiapo Miners
1234567>123456

C > 1 .......... M >>> 1
o > 2 .......... i >>>>2
p > 3 .......... n >>>>3
I > 4 .......... e >>>>4
a > 5 .......... r >>>>5
p > 6 .......... s >>>>6
o > 7

Read through the Source Text again but this time look successively for words or other linguistic units that have the letters of the Seed Text in positions that correspond to those they occupy in the Seed Text. Keep reading until you find a word whose second letter has the same as the second letter in the Title-phrase, then a word whose third letter matches, and so on as shown in the example below. The matching seeds in the Source Text are emboldened.

Seed Text
Copiapo > Miners
1 2 3 45 67 >>>> 1 23 4 5 6

Copiapo Jose
copper-gold Copiapo
collapsed
accomplished
More billion mine miners metres CLDT
good expected silicosis
dental Copiapo Copiapo

Men miners miner
more miners metres

Source Text

The 2010 Copiapó mining accident occurred on 5 August 2010, when part of the San José copper-gold mine near Copiapó, Chile collapsed, leaving 33 men trapped deep below ground. The miners survived underground for a record 68 to 69 days. All 33 were rescued and brought to the surface on 13 October 2010, with the first miner emerging from the Fénix 2 rescue capsule at 00:10 CLDT and the last at 21:55 CLDT. After the last trapped miner was winched to the surface, the rescue workers held up a sign stating "Misión cumplida Chile" (English: Mission accomplished Chile) to the estimated more than 1 billion people watching the rescue on live television around the world.
The San José Mine is about 45 kilometres (28 mi) north of Copiapó, in northern Chile. The miners were trapped at approximately 700 meters (2,300 ft) deep and about 5 kilometres (3 mi) from the mine entrance. The mine had a history of instability that had led to previous accidents, including one death.
The retrieval of the first miner, Florencio Ávalos, began on Tuesday, 12 October at 23:55 CLDT, with the rescue capsule reaching the surface 16 minutes later. By 21:55 CLDT on 13 October, all 33 miners had been rescued, almost all in good medical condition, and expected to recover fully. Two miners were suffering from silicosis, one of whom also had pneumonia, and others were suffering from dental infections and corneal problems. Three of the rescued miners had immediate surgery under general anaesthetic for dental problems.
The total cost of the rescue operation was estimated between US$10–20 million, a third covered by private donations with the rest coming from state-owned mining corporation Codelco and the government itself.

If at any point you reach the end of the text, go back and continue from the beginning.
When a word is followed by a punctuation mark or ends a line in the Source Text, the line ends in the generated text (Seed Text). For example, comma appears after “Capiapo” and that is why a line break appears after it in the Seed Text poem.

Read through you completed Diastic poem aloud and correct any errors found.

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