Today’s prompt is one of my favourites, but then anything that allows me to play with remixing makes me happy. The instructions are: Choose a published collection by a single poet. Copy down the first line of each poem. Craft a poem using select lines — you must keep the wording of the original lines intact, but may make alterations to elements like line breaks, punctuation and capitalization. I chose one of my favourite poets, Li-Young Lee. You can find what I composed at Lie Still Now.
I am finding it particularly interesting to read others’ poems, because using entire lines from separate sources can be quite a challenge. It has also been great fun to see who the source poets are. You will find a touch of whimsy, a bit of surrealism in a couple of today’s choices.
Gary Glauber: Crazytown — particularly impressive because he uses forty-six of Tate’s poems, forty-six first lines
Nancy Chen Long: Used to Wear Her Lights Splendidly
Laurie Kolp: the navy blue velvet void
Sarah Sloat: On a Train, Near Winter
Lori Brack: Ripped out from a fierce design
I will see you tomorrow for one that’s a little crazy in how the poems are arrived at, but great fun. Enjoy.