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Observation - Rheomode

et502's picture

It seems like a lot of people chose to use the rheomode to re-write/re-levate their paragraphs. Is this the most natural way for us to write? The easiest? 

Or perhaps (and I think this may be the case) is it the clearest mode to emulate - the directions for this form are the clearest. 



sara.gladwin's picture

I don't know if it was the easiest or...

I think David Bohm might have been the clearest description of how to use his language... I might be wrong but I think he was the only one that used direct examples. Because I tried re-writing in Rhemode and it definitely wasn't easy but I felt like I could do that better then I could the other ones....

rachelr's picture

Not for me!

I also thought it was interesting that so many people used the rheomode, because I had so much trouble with it. I didn't even consider re-writing my piece that way. I guess other people made more progress than I did with it after class. All of the rheomodic interpretations are very different, however, bringing us again to how much personal experiences play into our world view. 

sarahj's picture


For me, the rheomode was definitely the easiest one to emulate although I did end up thinking somewhat about what Paula Gunn Allen had to say about Keres tales.  That is why I used compass directionals instead of saying left or right, although I think this reasoning also overlaps with the rheomode.  Although, now that I write this, I think directionals such as north, south, east and west are more suited to "wandering" because they are much more open, I guess?  I think "moving to the left" is a lot more specific than saying "moving to the east".  East just seems so much bigger than the left. 

I also have to say that I didn't use the other forms of writing because I didn't like them. For the most part, I don't think that I like the rheomode, it is just fun to play with.