Words have multiple meanings. Meanings have multiple words. I think of wordblocks as a single-word stand-in to express multiple meanings, or an ambiguity of meanings. I use them in my writing all the time, and often generate them as a warm-up exercise before I write.
- Write a word.
- Make a list of other words that are related to this word, in meaning or in spelling.
- Combine these words into one wordblock sharing letters. (See pictures for example)
- Keep rearranging, adding, or subtracting words until you have a wordblock you like aesthetically both visually, and linguistically. A wordblock rarely looks great on the first try. Wordblocks have vast potential both handwritten, and typeset either digitally or with moveable letterpress type.
- Your wordblock can stand alone as a one-word poem, or be placed in a sentence. Try stringing multiple word blocks together. The result is a sentence that provides multiple ways to navigate it.
I’m not adept at digital manipulation, and the prompt’s examples were very visual, so I went with doing the rearrangement on the page until a concept “popped.”
Convergence of community,
Confidence. Yes, please.
Today X told Y “You are less than I,
And thank your lucky stars I am merciful
Enough to let you exist.”
Community could be a warm word.
Confluence would be a mercy.
Crossing borders unscathed remains a challenge.