PoMoSco Day 19

I have to laugh at the poem I wrote for this prompt. The instructions are: Choose a television program, podcast, or movie of at least 30 minutes in length. Transcribe what you hear. You won’t be able to keep up, and that’s the point. When completed, create a poem out of your transcribed words. You can delete — but not reorder — your text.

The poem you will read leapt out almost immediately. I tried for days to make something else work: The Colour of Sapphires.

Other set pieces:

Barbara C: American Family

Misky: The Basics

Tara Miner: how the world ends

E. Kristin Anderson: Powerful and Undeniable

Richard Walker: with splayed legs

Just a few, today.Tomorrow’s… well, I don’t know. Show up and we’ll see. Enjoy.

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Posted by on 19/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 18

I’m going to get up May 1st and not know what to do with myself, aren’t I? The instructions for today’s poem are simple: Find a two page spread, in a book or magazine, and pick words and phrases you like. Keep them in the order found and create a poem. As with so many found poems, the source text is crucial: Letting Go.

Other open books:

Lori Brack: An interior artifact

Zann Carter: And All the Spaces of Our Past

Barbara C: Amazon

Misky: A Stream of Sky

Doug Luman: Self-portrait of City in Death Mask

Mary Bast: A Handmade Card

Jen Karetnick: To Make Pies So That the Birds May Be Alive in Them

Richard Walker: boxes and holes

Have fun!


Posted by on 18/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 17

I warned you this prompt was a little strange. I had to give up understanding the instructions and just follow them: You’ll need your source text and a “seed” phrase of at least 20 characters, which can be related or not to your source. If your source text is on baseball, you might choose “Take me out to the ballgame”. If your source text is the Beatles, you might choose, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Visit the Diastic Poem Generator. Enter your seed phrase and source text in the corresponding boxes, then click “Generate.” The program will create a “spell-through” of your text. Using the “take me out to the ballgame” example, the program will search through your text for the first word that has T in the first position (it might be a word like “the,” “travel,” or “true”) and add it to your word list. Next, it searches for a word that has “a” in the second position (e.g. “cap,” “batboy,” “game”), and so on, until it reaches the end of your seed text.

Add the results to your word bank, and keep clicking “Generate” to add additional iterations. For a more experimental text, keep the resulting text intact. Otherwise, remove text to create your poem — but try to keep the words in order. You’ll read my process at the poem: landscape world never lonely

Other generations:

Vinita Agrawal: War Torn

Misky: Those Thump Stick Poems

Gary Glauber: The Riot

Lori Brack: Unimaginable Rewilding

Barbara C: Eyewitness

Richard Walker: you who held me all your life   note what can be done with a long generation

S.E.Ingraham: Ships That Pass

Scott Wiggerman: A Separate Reality   see how a final poem is arrived at

I know, I know, but I like so many of them. Enjoy. I will see you tomorrow.




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Posted by on 17/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 16

Okay. Where are we? Today’s prompt. Right. The instructions: Choose a source text. Next, go to The Text-Mixing Desk at The Lazarus Corporation, paste your text, adjust the controls and click “Start the Mix!” Copy down the result exactly as it comes out of the Text Mixing Desk. Repeat the mixing process with additional sections of text if you want a longer language bank to work with. Craft your poem from the results using words IN THE ORDER they appear in the original. You may delete words but not reorder them.

A couple of things. If you try this and like the possibilities, the instruction to keep the words in order is for this prompt. Also, I prefer the text mixer at: Language Is a Virus, but I use the one given to check possibilities. I loved playing with this and allowing metaphorical possibilities to run through the poem: Enter Here.

Other blends — remember, we have to keep the words in the order they come out of the text machine (although we can cut):

Martha Schuh: Reverence

Gary Glauber: Heart troubles in our native land

Rebecca Siegel: The Hinges

Mary Bast: The Eye Perceives

Karen Massey: I was margins

Andrea Janelle Dickens: 13

Tomorrow’s prompt is a little crazier. I’ll see you then. Enjoy.



Posted by on 16/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 15

Whoo. I am beginning to flag. How many days are left? Ack. Really? Today’s bit of fluff comes from these directions: Locate a community bulletin board — try places like a library, coffee shop or university campus. Create a poem using only words found on the posters and fliers. I used a Starbucks bulletin board: Bonus Star.

Other bulletin boards:

Kristina McDonald: Self Portrait in Seven Parts

Misky: Opportunities

Robbie Bolluyt: you’re a Darkroom

Richard Walker: exclamation point

James Benger: Crimson Maple Ridge (sometimes a double spacer gets by the brain — for me the spacing adds to the poem’s working)

Ingrid Jendrzejewsk: Ask in Entrance Hall

Barbara C: Give Us This Day

Debra Bennett: Dust Off Your Dancing Shoes

That’s plenty to be going on with. Enjoy. Tomorrow’s prompt is a wild and woolly one.


Posted by on 15/04/2015 in poetry, exercises, poems, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 14

The prompt for today was both fun and anxiety producing. The instructions: Create a questionnaire about a topic with between 5-10 free response questions. Ask your family members and friends to complete the survey. Use their responses to compose a poem. In your citation, list the questions you asked in your questionnaire.

When unsure, I gravitate towards nature as my focus, hence the questions I chose to send out. What I did not reckon with is the difficulty I had trying to make ten different voices sound like one speaker (a big thank you to my friends and family who answered the questions). I’m thinking, now, that I gave myself the problem by picking answers to one question. I have spent more time with this poem, than any other, so far, because I would haul it out everyday and tweak. While I still haven’t brought it to a coherent whole, I do think the speaker sounds more like one voice than it did: Things Picked Up On Beaches.

Other poems developed from survey questions (As you read the poems, note the original questions):

Kathy Douglas: I Have No Theology

Sheree Mack: spectacle lynchings (not for the faint of heart, powerful)

Misky: White Porcelain Memories

Richard Walker: it is hard (not really)

Marsha Schuh: All Travels Are Time Travels

Zann Carter: Sometimes The Dark

I have favourites, you say? Possible biases? Yes. We’re almost half-way through and I have come to know the poets whose poems I’m going to like. I try to have a couple of new names for each day. My biases? If a poem is not properly spaced my brain doesn’t even want to try to deal with it. So, you know the names you will be seeing again, but I will send you off in new directions, as well. Enjoy today’s.

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Posted by on 14/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 13

Hey, all. Seventeen days to go. Today’s form had me in terror. Paint? Crayons? You mean artistic? Then the saving word, collage: Create a poem that’s part erasure, part art. Instead of marking out the text you don’t need, use markers, crayons, paint and other materials to turn it into a picture. Not a strong artist? Try collage, using cut-outs from magazines and other sources to obscure your unused text. I can’t do traditional collage, mind you, but I can cut and layer: All That’s Left. It will take a few seconds to load.

Other artistic ways to obscure unwanted text, yet set off the poem in a way that works with the poem:

Rachel Green: A Fish  click on the fish

Pamela Sayers: My Mother Wore Heels in the Kitchen

Gary Glauber: All City

Misky: On Adder-Bit Wings

Barbara Crary: The Face of War

Marsha Schuh: After He Sailed the Distant Seas

I’m off to double-check tomorrow’s poem. It needs… something. Enjoy.


Posted by on 13/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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