Monday Musings and Maybes

08 Nov

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12:14 pm, Monday, 8 November, 2010 – Atlanta

Here is what I am looking at this Monday morning: Submissions – Five poems out in the world waiting for a yea, or nay.

Possibilities – Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides prompt this morning asks for a poem that involves agreement in some form; the group I joined that receives prompts from Lisa Cihlar, is looking at: I opened the door and _________came in, or I let _________ into my house; Big Tent’s Monday prompt is great fun: “use the New York Times Best Sellers List to write a poem using a title of a book you have not read. The book title can be the title of your poem, it can be a line in your poem, or it may simply inspire your poem”; and I have at least half a dozen poems, parts of poems, and ideas for poems, that I want to get to. Maybe I will close my eyes and pick that way. Links to Poetic Asides and Big Tent can be found in my sidebar.

Big Tent’s prompt using The New York Time’s Best Seller List is one you can try. It’s fun to follow one of their suggestions or to see how many of the titles you can use in a poem. It’s one way to create a found poem if you use several of the titles to find a poem. If I were going to try that, my first attempt would run like this:

The American assassin, otherwise known as the girl who kicked the hornet’s nest, took side jobs cutting for stone looking for the lost symbol. In a confession worth dying for she recounted a time when she was a reckless bride, a girl who played with fire for 61 hours.

I have already added or changed one or two words for sense. Now I will go in and decide where the line breaks work for the poem. Once it looks like a poem [something difficult to do in a blog, unfortunately], I will consider what the story is that needs to be told, and who should tell it. I will expand on that tomorrow when I will talk about found poetry in greater detail.


Posted by on 08/11/2010 in poetry, writing


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2 responses to “Monday Musings and Maybes

  1. Sanjee

    09/11/2010 at 12:28 pm

    Hi!! Just wanted to tell you that I had my students do the “New York Times Best Sellers” list found poetry – and the poems are amazing! I’m having them typed up … will send them to you in the next few days. Thank you, thank you!!!

    • mroby

      09/11/2010 at 12:40 pm

      I’ll be doing found poetry stuff all week 🙂


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