PoMoSco Day 9

09 Apr

I live in dread of posting the wrong poem to the wrong site and/or date. My brain is already starting to melt around the edges. Today we are asked for a poem that works off of syntactical relationships: Choose a syntactical relationship between words within a given text — look for patterns in how words are joined by punctuation or conjunctions, or how sentences are structured.
“wine and cheese,” “man and wife,” “fear and loathing”
“this or that,” “him or me,” “wine or beer”
“The stove was hot.” “The room was silent.” “The table was dusty.”
“the wind blowing,” “the birds chirping,” “the mower whirring”
Go through your source text, making a list of all phrases and fragments that fit the pattern. Create a poem from your list.

Mmhmm. You wouldn’t think I had taught this kind of thing for twenty years. My brain was having none of it. I ended up with something from The Declaration of Independence (I know): For Power: For Themselves.

I tried to choose poems with different relationships for you to see how people made them work:

Rachel Dawson: In Search of In Search of Lost Time

Zann Carter: backlash and bird’s nests

Gary Glauber: Through a Wartime

Marilyn Braendeholm: And So

Barbara Crary: Private Lives

Richard Walker: local pianist — I wish I had thought of this syntactical relationship

Vinita Agrawal: Matter to Me

Now to do some final tweaking on tomorrow’s poem. See you then. Enjoy.




Posted by on 09/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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6 responses to “PoMoSco Day 9

  1. whimsygizmo

    09/04/2015 at 6:52 pm

    This was fun. Thank you!🙂

  2. Mr. Walker

    09/04/2015 at 8:12 pm

    I like your poem. I do agree this was a challenging prompt. Thank you for linking to one of my poems – again – and for your compliment on the syntactical relationship I chose. Or rather, my source text chose for me.
    I’m writing poems again thanks to you and PoMoSco. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • margo roby

      10/04/2015 at 11:00 am

      Always my pleasure, Richard. I went through a three year dry spell, so I know. It goes, but it will come back.

  3. Misky

    10/04/2015 at 10:37 am

    Absolutely love Rachel’s.

    • margo roby

      10/04/2015 at 10:59 am

      Me too.

  4. Misky

    10/04/2015 at 10:39 am

    Reblogged this on The Chalk Hills Journal.


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