List Poem for dVerse

07 Nov

I blame Samuel over at dVerse. I love list poems, so happily read what he had to say, before saving it to a file for ‘later’. But, he got me with the Googlisms. I love the idea and will probably spend far too much time playing over there. I went with the ‘name’ option. Put in your name and see what comes up. Visit Samuel for links and examples, as well as a brief discussion of the list poem as a form. Also, to read what others have done with Googlisms and perhaps to try one yourself.


is first introduced 
left alone on an empty stage 
    as the curtain comes down on act one
is asleep in bed 
    when the black telephone rings
is missing
is a dead letter
is known 
a tale of a graveyard 
    that might make you afraid to die
is much
is not me

I have no idea, but it was fun. Now, I’m headed to the Bar.


Posted by on 07/11/2013 in exercises, poems, poetry


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59 responses to “List Poem for dVerse

  1. Therin Knite

    07/11/2013 at 4:19 pm

    “black telephone,” “dead letter;” great use of imagery here!


    07/11/2013 at 4:21 pm

    Mine was so bizarre that I didn ‘t dare post it! I like yours. You started from a better premise.

    • margo roby

      07/11/2013 at 4:26 pm

      I got rid of a lot of lines and kept moving possibles down into a new list. It helps me to bring lines out as I see them.

  3. claudia

    07/11/2013 at 4:21 pm

    maybe it’s not bad to be asleep in bed
    when the black telephone rings..ha… sounds like there’s a story in itself slumbering..

  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    07/11/2013 at 4:25 pm

    Oh love how you created a whole story here.. sad end.. glad it’s not you…

    • margo roby

      07/11/2013 at 4:34 pm

      I enjoyed the exercise, very much.

  5. brian miller

    07/11/2013 at 4:39 pm

    ha but she yodels…and that makes us for all the shadow….some really cool lines you came up with and nice stringing them together in a compelling way…the stage as the curtain comes down…the mysterious black telephone…dead letter…ha…it all build rather ominous, you may be glad it is not you…smiles.

    • margo roby

      07/11/2013 at 4:48 pm

      Grin. It’s fun to be what I am not for a short poem!

  6. markwindham

    07/11/2013 at 4:41 pm

    look at you! out there playing in poetry world. 🙂 and completing and posting in under two hours I might add. I like it!

    • margo roby

      07/11/2013 at 4:47 pm

      !!! I know! I wouldn’t have been able to manage without the seed list, but I’ll take that on anytime. Fun 🙂

  7. Susan L Daniels

    07/11/2013 at 4:53 pm

    Oh, I like it. I need to do one with my name. This is quite artistic, with a chill on the edge.

    • margo roby

      07/11/2013 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you I enjoyed finding the chill, it not being my personality.

  8. Victoria C. Slotto

    07/11/2013 at 5:26 pm

    Very artsy, Margo. Like you, googlisms is likely to become an excuse for when I don’t want to write! Careful!

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 8:04 am

      Ah, but remixed poetry is beginning to find its feet, Victoria. Think of us as ahead of the wave!

  9. julespaige

    07/11/2013 at 5:53 pm

    I remember those big old black telephones. Not you at all with your ‘winning’ personality 🙂

    I’m a tad stretched to look into new prompts but I did get a haibun done for We Write Poems that you might enjoy…

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 7:47 am

      We had one of those phones, too. I liked it.

      I’ll be over in a bit. I’ve opened you in a tab so I don’t forget!

  10. Sherry Blue Sky

    07/11/2013 at 5:55 pm

    I love it, kiddo!

  11. nico

    07/11/2013 at 5:55 pm

    A dead letter–reminds me of Melville’s Bartleby. This was fun for you to write, but also fun for me to read. A good time was had by all!

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 8:03 am

      My first laugh of the day. Thank you, nico.

  12. Mary

    07/11/2013 at 5:56 pm

    Truly is kind of eerie to see what ‘googlisms’ say about one’s own name. When I checked m y own name I found ‘much that is not me’ as well! Good to post alongside you again, Margo. Smiles!!

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 7:45 am

      I missed the photos of your dogs, too!

  13. Grace

    07/11/2013 at 5:57 pm

    I noted that is…is… in most of the googled words ~ I though the ending is really clever (excellent line breaks) ~

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 8:02 am

      Thank you, Grace. I do love playing with line breaks. I had a good teacher.

  14. Gabriella

    07/11/2013 at 6:05 pm

    Interesting to see where Googlism takes us with people’s names! “is first introduced / left alone on an empty stage ” – interesting but a bit daunting.

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 7:58 am

      I chewed over that line and the cemetery, but finally left them. They are so un-margo that it was fun.

  15. Hannah Gosselin

    07/11/2013 at 7:38 pm

    Wow…cool and twisted. Twisted is a good thing in my book. I love your ending, Margo!

  16. Katie (@PunkRockPoet84)

    07/11/2013 at 8:06 pm

    This is wonderful! Awesome job at arranging your poem!! 🙂

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 7:58 am

      Thanks, Katie. Arranging is one of the things I think is most fun!

  17. Laurie Kolp

    07/11/2013 at 8:17 pm

    I’m so happy to see you, Margo. This was like writing a found poem, huh?

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 7:46 am

      Exactly, Laurie. That’s why I was able to get it out in time. It was good to be back amongst you all.

  18. margaret

    07/11/2013 at 10:34 pm

    it’s like little “hints”, but the details withheld in order to create “mystery”. Margo is a rather saucy name (Margaret is boring 🙂

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 7:59 am

      ‘Tis saucy, isn’t it? My full name is Marguerite, which carries its own sauce :-D.

      • margaret

        08/11/2013 at 9:06 am

        That was my Grandmothers name. Yes, both of yours are spunky 🙂

        • margo roby

          08/11/2013 at 9:08 am

          We’re at six generations in a row, but it looks like my daughter may be the last. At one point, a few years back, we had four generations together. It was pretty neat.

  19. Tony Maude

    08/11/2013 at 4:14 am

    Googlism certainly gave you some poetic lines – and you played them to perfection, Margo … smiles

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 8:00 am

      Thank you, Tony. I was lucky with the lines.

  20. Misky

    08/11/2013 at 10:35 am

    I also like that black telephone. Great visual treat this one. I had a giggle when I put in my surname. Google said it didn’t know me. 😀

    • margo roby

      08/11/2013 at 10:38 am

      I remember our black telephone so clearly. None of our others are even a blur. Gee, I hadn’t thought of surnames. I’m off to see whether I am known!

      • Misky

        08/11/2013 at 10:39 am

        I’m sure yours will appear in Google!

        • margo roby

          08/11/2013 at 10:44 am

          roby is half human and a cop… chortle!

          • Misky

            08/11/2013 at 11:04 am


          • Misky

            08/11/2013 at 11:05 am

            Is that Lost in Space “Danger Will!”

  21. Poet Laundry

    08/11/2013 at 7:05 pm

    You worked the googlisms so outstandingly!

    • margo roby

      09/11/2013 at 9:15 am

      I like that ‘worked the googlisms’. Thank you!

  22. Pamela

    08/11/2013 at 9:00 pm

    Margo, this is really great. I like how it turned out. Hope all is well with you and yours, my friend.


    • margo roby

      09/11/2013 at 9:14 am

      Hi Pamela! I’m just happy to have another poem in. First to your prompt, now this! I am well and hope you are healthier than the last time we talked 🙂


  23. freyathewriter

    09/11/2013 at 1:54 am

    How wonderful! I stripped out lots of lines too, and it makes for a great read, with a strange sense of coherence, once you’ve honed it.

    • margo roby

      09/11/2013 at 9:13 am

      Stripping out lines from a list and then playing is something I love doing.

      • freyathewriter

        09/11/2013 at 3:38 pm

        Yes! I’m going to do more of it – it’s so much fun!

  24. Sherry Blue Sky

    09/11/2013 at 3:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is fabulous! LOVE! IT!

  25. Samuel Peralta / Semaphore

    10/11/2013 at 5:32 pm

    Fabulous! You took the Google foundations of the challenge, and made it your own, in the final lines making the list even more self-referential than I had intended the challenge to push you. The ease with which you do this shows your facility with the list poem form, it feels that you did this intuitively, but I’m sure it took a breadth of experience before to bring you into this zone. Bravo!

    • margo roby

      10/11/2013 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you, Samuel. List poems are one of my favourite forms, although it takes just the right source. If you enjoy them and don’t know about Grainger’s Index for Poetry, I recommend it highly as a source for lists. I don’t know if the online version works as well. I had the hard copy and would take all the first lines beginning with, say, I, photocopy and go from there. Great fun.


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