On the nuances of Bonobo Poetry:
Alonzo speaking to Raka in Black Swan Empire:
"He’s a natural at the bonobo style Iambic Pentameter.”
I placed two fingers on my forehead in an attempt to understand what I was hearing. “What is the bonobo style Iambic Pentameter?”
“You see the standard style uses a line made up of ten syllables, stressing the even numbered ones. The bonobo style, however, does not limit the number of syllables in a line, and instead, stresses both the odd and even beats.”
“That’s just shouting every sound with no pattern.”
“You’ve heard bonobo poetry then?"
Some outstanding examples:
“Nobody understands the voices in my head.
I listen to their words with feelings of dread.
When I make a sandwich, I use three slices of bread.
I sleep standing up not in a race car shaped bed.
My big guns are filled with bullets made of lead.
I hate everything and I hope you get slowly eaten by a herd of rabid badgers with halitosis, ringworms, and irritable bowel syndrome.”
- Filbert Kummstein Blackheart
Black Swan Empire
“Of all the things I’ve lost, there’s one that stands out,
When I stop to think about it, it makes me want to pout,
The thing I miss the most in the darkest of night,
It’s not my mind, although that’s up there too,
It’s the way I used to smile before I met you!
I hope you get your head caught in a mining drill,
Buzz, whirl, splat! Don’t stop until,
There’s nothing left, you evil horrible bitch! Die! Now! Do it!”
- Denton Morrow
Black Swan Planet