Andrew K. Peterson
1. Throw I-Ching hexagram. Each line will have particular bearing upon how poem sequences are constructed:
2. 1st line determines # of poems per sequence
3. 2nd line determines # of lines per poem
4. 3rd line determines # of words per line
5. 4th line determines # of sources per poem
6. 5th line determines # of words per ‘source cluster’
7. 6th line PLUS the final hexagram # EQUALS which page # each word cluster comes from (for example: for first sequence, 6th line = 7; hexagram = 26. First sequence’s 1st poem begins on page 33.)
8. Adding the values of each line with a CHANGE determines the increment of change for subsequent poems in sequence. (Example: First sequence had changing lines three (value of 9) and four (value of 6). 9+6=15; 15+33=48 (2nd poem’s source page # 48), etc.).
9. The total # of changing lines determines a final stanza to be added to each poem in the sequence.
10. The name of each hexagram thrown and its subsequent change will determine title for each sequence (ex.: “Duration → Oppression”)
11. The number of sequences in this book has been determined based on the value of a separate single throw of three coins: the value of which is 8.
12. An additional rule on sources
(a) each subsequent poem in a sequence should have at least one source replaced by another
(b) each new sequence will retain one source from the previous sequence