Trios & Tripartites

Working in 3s

In the trio of collage-poems below, background color choice (red, green, blue) informs image/word content. Boundaries.

When organizing poetry into a series or larger manuscript, I often write in tripartites: maybe 3 short lyric poems or 3 sections of a longer poem. Containment.

Thinking in 3s also helps to structure a necklace series providing limitations to possibilities. Boundaries. The 3 Jade Fish (below) are available @ Etsy | ZygosDesign.

Magic of 3: a triangular parameter and numerological challenge for me — a defined numerical pathway that helps me contain creative chaos.


Red collage-poem 1, 2009, 8.5 x 6 (discursive text backdrop taken from grad school notebooks/poem drafts, & cut-ups from Omni magazine).

Green collage-poem 2, 2009, 8.5 x 6 (text from grad school notebooks/poems, images from Omni magazine, Monterrey driftwood/moth are original images)

Blue collage-poem 3, 2009, 8.5 x 6 (text from grad school notebooks/poems, morning dove & jellyfish are original images, other images from Astronomy magazine).


Jade Fish necklaces — the “Pisces” triad w/ ceramic, glass, turquoise beads on leather or chain, 2019 – available @ Etsy | ZygosDesign.

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