New Poetic Form

I created a new poetic form titled “Boundaries” based on lyrics extracted from rapper Eminem’s song “Stan”. Stan is a song about an obsessed fan who becomes increasingly upset through a series of letters in an attempt to gain Eminem’s attention.

Running Boundaries renders three different outputs that challenged my  perception of what I considered more or less threatening through text. The first poem generates all capital letters– internet code for shouting. This poem displays the text in the maximum size within its area, making every word intentional and somewhat obnoxious. Reaction: Extremely Threatening.

The second poem uses white space to create a feeling of loneliness and confusion. It was interesting to notice at first glance, my eyes targeted negative and/or threatening words first. Possibly because I am familiar with the lyrics and song?? Reaction: Threatening.

The last poem appends the rappers name after each line, simulating a harassing and nagging experience. It also includes capital letters throughout the entire text. Reaction: Annoying

Overall, the output of Boundaries conforms as expected, triggering specific emotions based on language, character change and text placement. I think it does a great job of evoking emotions but we all know, no one can trigger emotions better than a human! (Yes?)

["DEAR SLIM, I WROTE YOU, BUT YOU STILL AIN'T CALLIN'",
 'I LEFT MY CELL, MY PAGER AND MY HOME PHONE AT THE BOTTOM',
 "I SENT TWO LETTERS BACK IN AUTUMN, YOU MUST NOT'VE GOT 'EM",
 "THERE PROBABLY WAS A PROBLEM AT THE POST OFFICE OR SOMETHIN'",
 "SOMETIMES I SCRIBBLE ADDRESSES TOO SLOPPY WHEN I JOT 'EM",
 "BUT ANYWAYS, FUCK IT, WHAT'S BEEN UP, MAN? HOW'S YOUR DAUGHTER?",
 "MY GIRLFRIEND'S PREGNANT TOO, I'M 'BOUT TO BE A FATHER",
 "IF I HAVE A DAUGHTER, GUESS WHAT I'MA CALL HER?",
 "I'MA NAME HER BONNIE",
 "I READ ABOUT YOUR UNCLE RONNIE TOO, I'M SORRY",
 "I HAD A FRIEND KILL HIMSELF OVER SOME BITCH WHO DIDN'T WANT HIM",
 "I KNOW YOU PROBABLY HEAR THIS EVERY DAY, BUT I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN",
 'I EVEN GOT THE UNDERGROUND SHIT THAT YOU DID WITH SKAM',
 'I GOT A ROOM FULL OF YOUR POSTERS AND YOUR PICTURES, MAN',
 'I LIKE THE SHIT YOU DID WITH RAWKUS TOO, THAT SHIT WAS PHAT',
 'ANYWAYS, I HOPE YOU GET THIS, MAN, HIT ME BACK',
 'JUST TO CHAT, TRULY YOURS, YOUR BIGGEST FAN, THIS IS STAN']
Dear       Slim,       I       wrote       you,       but       you       still       ain't       callin'
I       left       my       cell,       my       pager       and       my       home       phone       at       the       bottom
I       sent       two       letters       back       in       autumn,       you       must       not've       got       'em
There       probably       was       a       problem       at       the       post       office       or       somethin'
Sometimes       I       scribble       addresses       too       sloppy       when       I       jot       'em
But       anyways,       fuck       it,       what's       been       up,       man?       How's       your       daughter?
My       girlfriend's       pregnant       too,       I'm       'bout       to       be       a       father
If       I       have       a       daughter,       guess       what       I'ma       call       her?
I'ma       name       her       Bonnie
I       read       about       your       Uncle       Ronnie       too,       I'm       sorry
I       had       a       friend       kill       himself       over       some       bitch       who       didn't       want       him
I       know       you       probably       hear       this       every       day,       but       I'm       your       biggest       fan
I       even       got       the       underground       shit       that       you       did       with       Skam
I       got       a       room       full       of       your       posters       and       your       pictures,       man
I       like       the       shit       you       did       with       Rawkus       too,       that       shit       was       phat
Anyways,       I       hope       you       get       this,       man,       hit       me       back
Just       to       chat,       truly       yours,       your       biggest       fan,       this       is       Stan
["DEAR SLIM, I WROTE YOU, BUT YOU STILL AIN'T CALLIN' ,SLIM",
 'I LEFT MY CELL, MY PAGER AND MY HOME PHONE AT THE BOTTOM ,SLIM',
 "I SENT TWO LETTERS BACK IN AUTUMN, YOU MUST NOT'VE GOT 'EM ,SLIM",
 "THERE PROBABLY WAS A PROBLEM AT THE POST OFFICE OR SOMETHIN' ,SLIM",
 "SOMETIMES I SCRIBBLE ADDRESSES TOO SLOPPY WHEN I JOT 'EM ,SLIM",
 "BUT ANYWAYS, FUCK IT, WHAT'S BEEN UP, MAN? HOW'S YOUR DAUGHTER? ,SLIM",
 "MY GIRLFRIEND'S PREGNANT TOO, I'M 'BOUT TO BE A FATHER ,SLIM",
 "IF I HAVE A DAUGHTER, GUESS WHAT I'MA CALL HER? ,SLIM",
 "I'MA NAME HER BONNIE ,SLIM",
 "I READ ABOUT YOUR UNCLE RONNIE TOO, I'M SORRY ,SLIM",
 "I HAD A FRIEND KILL HIMSELF OVER SOME BITCH WHO DIDN'T WANT HIM ,SLIM",
 "I KNOW YOU PROBABLY HEAR THIS EVERY DAY, BUT I'M YOUR BIGGEST FAN ,SLIM",
 'I EVEN GOT THE UNDERGROUND SHIT THAT YOU DID WITH SKAM ,SLIM',
 'I GOT A ROOM FULL OF YOUR POSTERS AND YOUR PICTURES, MAN ,SLIM',
 'I LIKE THE SHIT YOU DID WITH RAWKUS TOO, THAT SHIT WAS PHAT ,SLIM',
 'ANYWAYS, I HOPE YOU GET THIS, MAN, HIT ME BACK ,SLIM',
 'JUST TO CHAT, TRULY YOURS, YOUR BIGGEST FAN, THIS IS STAN ,SLIM']