- Magnetic Poetry
Magnetic Poetry is a line of novelty products invented in
1993by Dave Kapell. They feature small magnetic tiles printed with single words or fragments that can be adhered to a magnetic metal surface (typically a refrigerator door or file cabinet) and arranged to form phrases, sentences, or entire poems. There are basic kits of tiles with everyday words and special kits with more esoteric words. The brand is owned by Magnetic Poetry, Inc. Millions of Magnetic Poetry Kits, in dozens of different languages and themes, have been sold around the world.
The creator of Magnetic Poetry invented the product as a way to help compose music
lyrics[http://www.magneticpoetry.com/story.html] , but uses of the product extend limitlessly. Magnetic Poetry can be used to compose poems and songs, fight writer's block, or to leave messages on a public surface (similar to a household message board). Since there is a limited number of words to work with, "magnetic poets" must find creative substitutions and unique arrangements to convey meaning. According to the product website, Madonna is rumored to have used the Sequel Kit to compose a song [http://www.magneticpoetry.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=3020] . The low word economy limits the length of intelligible phrases, but this can be supplemented with additional kits.
The Original Kit and Sequel Kit are the basic Magnetic Poetry kits. Both have 440 common words and fragments each that can be arranged into phrases and sentences. Fragments include 's' to form
plurals, as well as present tense third personsingulars and 'ing' to form gerunds.
Magnetic Poetry, Inc. produces a wide range of supplemental kits that have special vocabularies around a certain topic such as sexuality and religion.
* [http://www.magneticpoetry.com/ Company website]
* [http://www.magwords.net Internet Magnetic Words] An online version of the game
* [http://www.broken-notebook.com/magnetic/ Magnetic AJAX] an Ajax version written by Garrison Locke of [http://www.broken-notebook.com Broken-Notebook.com]
* [http://netverse.andresc.net netVerse] an expanding online collaborative re-interpretation by André SC using
Adobe Flash, PHPand MySQLunder a Creative CommonsLicense
* [http://gutenb0rg.com/shufflewords/ Shuffle Words] A version of the game which allows saving of messages with permanent links.
* [http://www.teacherbooks.co.uk/poems.php?/ Sticky Poems] - Putting poems back in to sequence can teach children about texts and how they are constructed.
* [http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/MagneticPoetry/ Magnetic poetry in Mathematica] , created by Rob Morris,
The Wolfram Demonstrations Project.
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