7:28 a.m. –Atlanta
Hello, everyone. I hope all is well. Welcome new followers and thank you for joining us in our writing madness. How is everyone holding up with the poems-a-day? I don’t hear a lot of franticness yet.
The result of today’s exercise can serve as a good source for possible future poems or, by itself, be a fun list poem. For those who don’t know him, let me introduce you to Brian of Scotia Nightpoetry, whose poem draft ‘Things I learned from TV this week,’ we are using as our inspiration and example. While looking at his poem, wander around his site a bit. I suggested you prep for this, but if you didn’t, you can start now and post your result later. I also suggested that if you don’t have a television, you pick something similar. A week’s worth of radio might work, as would magazines.
The prompt is in the poem’s title, but, as it might help to have the poem to see some of the things Brian was playing with, I will give you a few lines and the link to the whole poem is above. Then, go to it, looking amongst your notes for patterns you want to follow [or make up -- you can always make up]. The most interesting pattern in Brian’s poem is the one where the speaker states a point and then makes a point about it:
- Exam results are “getting better all the time”
– The answers are given to teachers in advance
– Preparing a 3 course meal is a piece of cake
– I could bake a cake if I wanted to (I don’t)
– News programmes are all doom laden and moronic
– The happy news story at the end is far too short
– Young people drink far too much alcohol
– Alcohol is extremely cheap in all the supermarkets
– It is almost Christmas and I should go shopping
– Advertising is complex and you need a degree to do it
– All advertising, when done really well, is rubbish
Sometimes the two perspectives are from the program, sometimes one perspective is the speaker’s comment on something he has learned. There is no wrong way to do this, although, I suppose, if you end up with a poem that’s not a list, you have put yourself way out there, but, Hey!, you have a poem, and that is what we are ultimately aiming for, poems.
Please note the shortness of the post. I think I have a new record.
I will be dark for the next two weeks [although if someone has an announcement they need to get out there, let me know], except for Fridays. I need time for my own poetry, which gets short shrift these days. See you Friday for the roundup.
Happy writing, everyone.