Three more days. Hard to believe. But, I will have many poems in my revision bag that I am happy about reworking. Today’s prompt is an erasure by chance: Start with two dice and your source text. You’ll want to work with a smaller section of text for this one. For each line, roll the dice. Erase or remove the word in that line that corresponds with the number that comes up (i.e., if you roll an eight, erase the eighth word in that line). Continue to work through the text, re-rolling the dice for each line, until you’ve reached the end of your source text solution.
Repeat, removing additional words, until you arrive at your poem. Experiment with space, illustration or other visual presentation to engage with the relative silence created.
I chose another Adrienne Rich poem to work with and came up with: Child’s Poet Dreaming.
More Spaced Out Poems:
Misky: Shades Beneath White
Barbara C: Appalachian Dream
Richard Walker: judgmental in trusting
Rebecca Siegel: Map
Pamela Sayers: A Tease Around the Eyes
Gary Glauber: Thinking
Doug Luman: Audubon Field Report: Aphelocoma Coerulescens
I’ve known this throughout, but reading today’s poems brought home how differently we each approach writing a poem, how differently we interpret a prompt. Fascinating. Enjoy these. Tomorrow is another angst-filled prompt, for me, but should provide many interesting approaches.