Shai (Grade 6) , Arlo (Grade 2) and Adam Seelig – “A rude halo”

Canadian playwright and poet Adam Seelig teamed up with his sons Shai and Arlo to play with/against the ChessBard. The first two poems are the game they played together translated; they then respond with a poem of their own at the end. The game itself, in algebraic notation, is available at the bottom of the page.

White Poem

a finger and tempered stage
necessarily casts necessity the path

a brazen circlet or
scrawny consideration types each product

Which circlet mirrors a temptation?

some decomposition or woven stable
screeching mirror tempts past woman

typed passageway among reality
insists passageway, diagonal

Black Poem

stranded centre breakably blesses thicket
rare word some forgotten texture

Imagine: each estimated hour
butts or soothes washed hour!

bookshelf divisively carries and inquires
ray ironically centers plagued tooth

wooden dove, some conductor and
a noone horribly fire ampersand

simple tear

Shai, Arlo and Adam’s poem

Thumb circus unnecessarily a road
leading to your earring

A rude halo

for cubed cheese
snap pea crisps
toast and
‘everybody’s got
somebody to
lean on’

Elegant thought
writes every living thing

puzzle painting

What female circle
shows someone else

Look at my mouth
its amazing paper
all diagonal 

yd111027__1110941-EditADAM SEELIG is a poet, playwright, stage director, and the artistic director of One Little Goat Theatre Company in Toronto. He is the author of Every Day in the Morning (slow), a fully continuous concrete-lyric-drop-poem-novella (New Star Books, shortlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award), and his most recent play is Ubu Mayor (BookThug 2014).

Shai, Arlo and Adam Seelig Playing White Versus The ChessBard

1. f4 f5 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 c5 4. Rg1 b5 5. h4 Qa5 6. a4 bxa4 7. b4 cxb4 8. Rg2 Nf6 9. d4 Nbd7 10. Be3 h5 11. Bd2 Rh6 12. Be3 e6 13. Qd3 Bd6 14. Ng5 Ba6 15. Qd2 Ne4 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Rh2 Rd8 18. Bh3 Bc4 19. c3 bxc3 20. Qxc3 Bb4 21. Kf1 Bxc3 22. Nxc3 Qxc3 23. Rxa4 Bb5 24. Ra1 Qxa1 25. Kf2+ a5 26. d5 exd5 27. Ba7 Ra6 28. Bb8 Qd4 29. Kg2+ Nxb8 30. Kf1 Rf6 31. Rh1 Qd1 32. Kg2+ Qxe2 33. Kg1+ Nc6 34. Rh2 Qe3 35. Rf2+ Qxg3 36. Bg2+ Qxh4 37. Bh3 Qxh3 38. Rg2 Qe3 39. Rf2+ Rg6 40. Kh1+ Qxf2