THE FOLD: An
Experimental Short Form
by Gillena Cox
Gillena Cox created the fold form. THE FOLD takes credibility
from haiku; it shares moments which are special simply and
exactly. Grasping the tools of juxtaposition and contrast, THE
FOLD crafts itself into a rhyming form of ELEVEN lines—unlike
its three lined haiku progenitor. There is one rhyme continuing
throughout the poem, occurring at every other line: uneven lines
rhyme. Lines ONE FIVE, and ELEVEN carry the same last phrase, to
form the EDGES of the FOLD. Line ONE repeats at line FIVE which
is the CREASE of the FOLD.
Why eleven lines? I was born on the eleventh day of the month.
is an example of the FOLD