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.