Smiling stone sheep thinks haik ewe

Sunday, 25 August, 2013

Stone sheep

Quantum sheep is the name given to a new form of poetry. The verse is generated randomly by writing words on the backs of sheep, then allowing them to mingle. Observers choose their own words from the resulting flock, without any particular form, to create new poems. The results are similar to the Japanese haiku and are called “haik ewe” by quantum sheep fans. The first project quantum sheep project was undertaken in 2002 under the direction of Valerie Laws, using the sheep of Donald Slater from Northumberland. Example:

“Warm drift, graze gentle
White below the sky, soft sheep
Mirrors, snow clouds”

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