Abstract Syntax in Steak Knife Poetry

I have a lot of poetry on my computer. A Lot of it is Abstract Syntax. Some is more prose and different variations of form. Some is Spoken Word. If you don’t know what these terms mean here is some explainations

Syntax is a set of rules in a language. It dictates how words from different parts of speech are put together in order to convey a complete thought. To convey meaning is one of the main functions of syntax. In literature, writers utilize syntax and diction to achieve certain artistic effects like mood, tone etc. Like diction, syntax aims to affect the readers as well as express the writer’s attitude. Abstract Syntax, popular in Emily Dickinson’s works and differing from the art definition existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence, abstract means in this context to consider (something) theoretically or separately from something else.

I hope that helped understand the definitive writing style as is shown in the works. A recent reuse of an older poetic form. Prosody is a theory of poetry composition or an organizing principle. It is also employed in my poetic works. I attempt to define assertive tones on a sonic level to create and develop my ideas expressed in my body of poetic work.

Recent re-victimizing experiences in 2012 have made these more consistent, to a point of appearing violent, as reflected throughout the Chapters of the poetry book Steak Knife Book. A Pun on my nickname and surname, “Carrie Crocker,” taken to a literal experience in my life. My personal experience with hypothyroidism and depression, as well as hate crimes directed to me, an abortion, a feminist targeted for human trafficking at the age of 28, at the turning point of my metalsmithing career, my experience as homeless, resulting in domestic violence, mental health facilities, police interaction, inspiring me to take this experience and my poems written over the years to create this online book.

I am taking this experience and the energy to create as I have always done to create something both positive, expressive, and hopefully will aid and assist in the treatment towards female victims of rape and domestic violence both in society, professionally, and personally. Getting raped inspired me to create and become an artist and work in the higher education field. However, due to my past history as a child sexual abuse survivor, and people’s inability to trust victims, My life has been forever changed.

I write conversational. I realize I forgot to include the definition for Spoken Word.

Spoken word involves performance-based poetry that focuses on the aesthetics of word play and story-telling. It often includes collaboration and experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance.

An excellent reference is the Book of Forms A handbook of Poetics published in 2000. Originally I wanted to become a writer in high school. Being the daughter of fine art & Fine Craft artists: photography, music, poetry, craft, painting. Who were also successful members and business owners, members of the communiy, survivors of World War 2 & Vietnam. I was just born with this obsession with art, expression, fine art & craft. The hidden positive talents of my family. The hidden under-appreciated wonderful qualities of the people in my family to whom I love and am grateful to despite their negative qualities at times. Well, except one person in my family, but he doesn’t count, he’s not apart of, he doesn’t know how to act right in privacy.

Most of all the book is dedicated to my Grandmother, Dorothy Weisse Harwell.

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