In some ways this prompt is more difficult than preceding ones because making headlines not sound like headlines is a challenge. I used whole headlines and half-headlines (headphrases?).
Compose a poem whose body is sourced from article headlines in your newspaper.
The Saga of Shrimp Boy and the Stiletto Death
The lawyer in the mystery of the Stiletto Death —
building a defense for Shrimp Boy
— strikes a blow against an unlikely lineup,
blames the Feds for his client’s predicament.
Building a defense for Shrimp Boy
his lawyer — finally getting his shot
— blames the feds for his client’s predicament,
cautioning no panic. After L.A. deaths
his lawyer finally getting his shot,
says, let’s not jump the gun.
Cautioning no panic after L.A. deaths
says, could’ve been worse,
says, let’s not jump the gun —
the leading man role a good fit
— says, could’ve been worse
and battles to quell revolt in the media.
The leading man role — a good fit
— he ignores his thin chances
and battles to quell revolt in the media,
feels the power, sees no threat.
He ignores his thin chances —
chasing answers second nature
— feels the power, sees no threat
solving the mystery of the missing
FBI informant. Whoever succeeds
strikes a blow against an unlikely lineup,
Will it go on? don’t ask, says
the lawyer in the mystery of the Stiletto Death.
All sections of the San Francisco Chronicle. If I were to list the originals, and I can, it would be longer than the poem.