Rob Kendall’s ‘Faith’ and the movements
‘Faith’ is a philosophical poem created in 2001 and published in 2002 that grips on the existential darkness. The play is characterized by flash, audio, music, kinetic, and poetry text’s genre. The author narrates the piece in a kinetic poem form in five different movements to achieve the play’s central theme and express the author’s struggle in dealing with logic and faith despair. The movements overlay each other with intent arguments. On the title page, the title, “Faith,” and its five verses are created in bold colored fonts; green, gold, red, and green; that signifies the radiated manuscripts created by medieval monks. Both the colors and the fonts are very elaborate and highly resembles calligraphy. These features create a religious mood, which helps in supporting the main idea of the poem.
Immediately after the title page, the piece transit into the first movement of the poem. Here the title statement takes the central position and is bombarded with the statement ‘logic’. Once ‘logic’ hits the word faith, it bounces off in an unphased manner. After every ‘logic’ touch, some simplistic and discordant music notes are made. The first movement concludes with the statement “so…” The yellow words roll in all sides in an illogical manner. The ending word ‘so….’ in movement one expressed the author’s creative decision of ending the first movement into another movement, thus building the entire idea of faith. According to Kendall, faith is highly resilient and thus more beautiful and stronger than logic in the first movement.
In the second movement, the author uses harp music with yellow-orange words to transform the message from the first movement into a decision of embracing faith and rejecting logic. The use of harps in this movement symbolizes angels and churches that are in ultimate faith. The poet uses some words that reveal the easiness of desiring a faith-based life than living it. The words reflect the poet’s struggles in evading his ‘mind’s logical answers of embracing an unknown depth. Kendall uses the word ‘consummate’ to express his desire for faith, but he’s consumed by the fear of the unseen, unfelt, and inexperienced events. The author struggled with the choices; …’ or’ …’ but’ …’ maybe’ depicting that living a faith-based life is proportional to courage and negating logic.
The two states’ orange and yellow words are merged with a red color into a third movement. In this movement, the words originate from the page sides and blended with words from the second movement in the complex sounds of the played organ notes. The new words appearing on the page blink and flip, giving their meaning in the poem. For instance, the flipping of the word ‘theory,’ which has initially been inverted, shows the sophisticated look of faith, accompanied by the uncomfortable feeling of the approach. Also, the blinking of the line ‘red winking neon logic’ gives the poet the warning to avoid the desire for a faith-based life and embrace the safe logic. The movement captures the poet’s elevated tension that he cannot press the black button into the visionary would despite his desire for faith.
In the fourth movement, the new words joined with words from the third movement are accompanied by music from a blend of organ sounds and a harp. This movement seems to be the most complex as it forms the basis of the poet’s decision making. The new words and the outgoing words from the third movement combine to form a unique piece that is different from other movements. The piece’s colors are similar to those of the previous movements except that some words employ certain meaningful movements, and others are faded. In this chapter, the poet makes an elegant movement with confidence as he approaches the logical ‘lip’. The line “Off the rocker (yippee!)” appears in downward orientation to express the poet’s negation as he makes the final decision. These words signify isolated spirited happiness and absence of constraint as the poet decides to live a faith-based life. Kendall shows the visionary and the incorruptible nature of faith when one chooses to take the ‘leap’. The word ‘leap’ appears momentarily on the screen and later leaps off the page.
In the final movement, the poet tries to close the poem but far away from the possibilities related to ‘faith’. The words drop to the page’s footer as playful music notes play in the background. The title word, ‘faith,’ of the first four pages appears at the header of the page but floats on the fallen statements in the fifth state. According to the poet, the process attached to faith-based living is determined by individuals’ fears and worries since they demand personal awareness and reflection. Both fears and worries are always absent in logical life. Poet finalizes the script by saying that faith brings full-bodied joy in life, while logic hinders one choice and embracement of this joy.
Review of Robert Kendall’s poem “Faith” http://electronicliterature66.blogspot.com/2013/03/review-of-robertkendalls-poem-faith- i.html accessed 16 November 2020