Fifteen Words

  • Jess Adkins

Fifteen words, Twenty three syllables, Forty thousand three hundred and twenty poems. These permutation poems were created by acclaimed art historian, author and poet, Prof John White, CBE. They exist physically as a hand-carved box. Like puzzles, the lines of each can be rearranged and placed in any order giving hundreds of millions of possible unique poems that take on new meaning with each arrangement. I made this website to share the joy of the ‘poetry box’ with a wider audience. You can automatically generate random permutations or rearrange the lines manually to explore the virtually limitless combinations.