PoMoSco Day 11

11 Apr

Today’s poems are a result of more play than usual. Instructions: Select a haiku (or a few) written by another poet. Visit the Haiku Discomobulator, enter your source haiku, and click “Discombobulate!” Craft a new haiku (or series of haiku) from the resulting text, using the results in any order you choose. Note: you may need to intervene to create a poem that fits the haiku structure while still making sense.

As you read people’s haiku, keep in mind that the discombobulator takes what is put in its maw and chews it up, to spit out a series of 5-7-5 haiku in every possible configuration of text, whether or not it makes sense. Then people craft their own haiku from the results. Go give it a try. I selected five haiku from Matsuo Basho’s work and mixed three of them, then two of them. From there, I pulled lines that made the most sense, then started crafting. My results: Basho Anew.

They are short, so I will give you more links than usual. More discombobulating:

S.E.Ingraham: New Heart Rising

Heather Barlow: Imaging Issa

Karen Massey: the again, again

Gail Goepfert: Plum Blossoms…What Else

Carol Stephen: Dancing on the Bamboo Grass

Marsha Schuh: No One Blooms

More, right? (they’re like popcorn, tiny and addictive) I tried for new names, above. The little bites allow me to showcase not so new names, as well :

Pamela Sayers: James and Jack

Marilyn/Misky Braendeholm: Deep

Barbara Crary: type cast

Gary Glauber: Lunacy

Richard Walker: One child, three parents, five grandparents

Like I said, they are addictive. Enjoy and I will see you tomorrow for a poem found in New Orleans’ signs.



Posted by on 11/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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3 responses to “PoMoSco Day 11

  1. Mr. Walker

    11/04/2015 at 11:42 am

    Ha, ha. GMTA.

    • margo roby

      11/04/2015 at 1:41 pm

      Grin. They do indeed, Richard.

  2. julespaige

    11/04/2015 at 12:30 pm

    Fun to play.
    I did with a ‘new’ short form –


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