Grid Poems Vol. I


Grid Poems Vol. I
Writing by Brian Isett
Design by John Soat


Grid Poems Vol. I. is a collection of 45 illustrated poems. Part haiku, part sudoku, each grid poem is a 3 x 3 arrangement of lines written to allow two different intended readings: left-to-right vs. top-to-bottom. This structure allows subtly and drastically different perspectives to emerge from the same text. Isett uses these intersecting narratives to momentarily trap and examine the unspoken hopes, expectations, and losses that form a subtext for everyday life. Reflecting the spirit of this poetry, Soat uses unseen spaces between the grid blocks as a source for raw materials: line widths and particles that coalesce to illustrate a third, purely visual narrative of each poem.