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Poetics is a visual poetry app that combines moveable text with photographic imagery.

Take a picture and write anything you feel, whether a poem, one word or a caption.  Or start with text and add an image later.

At the touch of a finger, words playfully collide and interact, giving a physical feeling and connection as you scale, rotate, lift and drop them.

Poetics is flexible and saves your work as you create, ready to be shared anytime on Instagram, Facebook, SMS, Tumblr and more.

"The 'app as art' movement is just beginning" -PandoDaily
"Poetics is a marvel" -iPhoneLife


+ Designed and optimized for iOS9
+ Always editable, saved compositions
+ Physics-based text interaction
+ Nuanced gestural control
+ Image filters + processing
+ Share on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook
+ Share directly with Email, SMS and Airdrop
+ Save to Camera Roll
+ Write in multiple languages
+ Speak your words into Poetics

Made in NYC, Poetics is part of an ongoing series of artwork started in 2007 by Seth Indigo Carnes. As an app artwork, the project explores the concept of an infinitely editable, object-oriented poetry.

To share your work or get in touch, you can find us here:



We'll see your post if you use the #poetics hashtag.


What’s New

Version 1.31

Greetings from NYC. This update features improvements with the gestural control of text, faster image processing, and some bug fixes.

To share your work, keep up with the latest news, or get in touch, you can find us here:



We'll see your post if you use the #poetics hashtag.


Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

MesutOzilStark ,

Great except one flaw

I'm really liking Phoetics. To be fair, it's really short on features and options. It uses one font and background color for the text. But you can resize the text and move it and reorient it. So what it does it does well. What I HATE is that to add the "Phoetics" you have to crop it to ONE RATIO of 16x9 and ruin whatever you had it cropped to before, like a square! Makes it very hard for Instagramor anything else.

Developers: please just make one change! Remove this crop! Don't force us to crop, just let us add it to the image in whatever shape we want! Thank you.

Developer Response ,

Hi there...working on this. It was a sacrifice at the time, to allow for fullscreen experience. Glad to hear you like the app otherwise.

sarasarasarAAA ,

Surprise feature

I know that it's not technically what this app is for, but I use it to create iPhone wallpapers with my photos. I crop them and after editing the photos with the app I take a screenshot of it when the photo covers the whole phone. The results are good. It's a decent photo editor and you can move the text around and add it. I'm not much of a text person but this app has a surprising purpose for me.

Grocery Dad ,

Simple And Lovely

Find the right image and let the words flow. Great little App for applying a feeling or lyrical thought to a photo. This is not about how many fonts this app has, it's about pure thought and splashing it onto a photo, and letting it naturally fall into the pix. Think of refrigerator magnets for your photos. You can position words or sentences in any direction 360 degrees, and also resize them easily. This app has reinvented the photo caption, and no two captions are ever the same! Thumbs up!


Soulincode Inc.
67.8 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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