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PoMoSco Day 23

Today’s is an interesting exercise. Jenni & Co. wanted to be sure we are familiar with online erasing tools (I hear the groans, those who know me and tech). I did it the hard way because the directions were the simplest. Instructions:

Open your source text in Photoshop — when you do so, it automatically opens the image in its own layer. Add a new layer on top of your source text. Select the brush tool and choose a colour swatch of your choice. You can use the eyedropper tool to select the colour of your page background (for a true erasure look), or select another colour of your choice. Paint over your source text, obscuring lines until only the words of your erasure poem remain.

For a video tutorial, watch Jenni B. Baker’s 8-minute demonstration of how she creates erasure poems for her Erasing Infinite project (well worth a watch if you want to try erasure poetry).

Save your completed work as an image file (JPG or PNG preferred) and upload it to the site.

After I received a translation of what I was to do, I ended up with: Once Then Nothing.

Other erasures:

james w. moore: never burn out

Barbara C: without surrender

Annie Razz: Poet Tree

Richard Walker: Grade 5

Misky: Two Cocks

Rebecca Siegel: Last Expedition

Vinita Agrawal: Centuries

Marsha Schuh: Chiarascuro

What? I know, but they’re short. Okay, Richard’s is not short (or long), but it is fun. Just a couple more.

Jamison Crabtree: ashes on cream

Angela K. Brown: Articulate Word

There is a wide assortment of the type of thing that can be done. Enjoy. See you tomorrow for a prompt I dreaded that turns out to be one of my favourite ways to play.


Posted by on 23/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 22

Hello. I am missing our usual routine on Wordgathering and missing the chat with the usual people. May is coming with a return to the regular schedule!

Instructions: Choose a phone number — can be made up. Write out the full number (including any area codes) as a series of digits without dashes or parentheses. Decide what your numbers will correspond to — words, sentences or pages. If your first number is two (2), you could grab the second word on a page, the second sentence on a page, or the second page in the book. Do this for each digit. You can cycle through the phone number series multiple times to generate enough text for your poem.

Mine: Living on a Dragon.

Other dialed in poems:

Misky: It Melted to Wax

Barbara C: Before the Battle

Richard Walker: setting

Doug Luman: Audubon Field Report: Chordeiles Minor

Lori Brack: parable

Short and sweet. Enjoy and I’ll see you tomorrow for a prompt I found difficult to carry out, but love the result.


Posted by on 22/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 21

Snarl… not really, but I will be glad to get some of my days back. Today’s instructions: Select a source text . Copy down all of the questions it contains. Create a poem made up of a series of questions from your list. Working with a digital text? Press CTRL+F on a PC or COMMAND+F on a Mac, then search for the “?” character (no quotes). Alternately, use FPR Book Reviews Editor Doug Luman’s “Questions” tool. Select “Questions” from the drop-down list, paste your source text into the box, then press the “Run” button.

Can you imagine creating a poem that works, but only uses questions? My questions come from a book of questions and I enjoyed drawing out the ones I wanted to use: What Tree is Cut During Moonlight?

Other questions:

james moore: hadn’t you rather

Rebecca Siegel: What I Really Want to Know is This

Zann Carter: What Have You Done With It?

Nancy Chen Long: Let Me Ask You This

J.Lynn Sheridan: Two Novices in a Boat

Misky: Are Those Shadows Me?

Barbara C:

Richard Walker: Won’t You Be Scared?

Doug Luman: Burrowmaking

Alright, alright, I’ll stop, but there are so many I like, such cleverness and beauty. Enjoy and I will see you tomorrow.

One more from someone who occasionally shadows us: de’s Won’t you have a sip of ocean?


Posted by on 21/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 20

Twenty down, ten to go. I am pretty sure I do not have ten poems sitting and waiting, so I need to get to work. Today’s instructions are the kind I like, as they offer almost total freedom to remix: Head to your local library or bookstore, making a note of things you see on your journey there — construction,  a used car dealership, a printing shop or a group of birds.

Make one of the things you saw your research topic and find five books. Compose a poem using only the words and phrases found on the first five pages of each text, excluding introductory matter.

I had a fairly wide assortment of texts, and had making sure I had at least one phrase from each book, in the poem. Having this slight constraint allows for using unusual, or unthought of descriptions: A Chorus Blooms.

Other journeys:

Doug Luman: Bear-Proof Fence

Misky: Ley Line Histories

Barbara C: Italian Haiku

Laurie Kolp: On Living Life

Richard Walker: pedal to the mettle

Vinita Agrawal: Blue Green

Enjoy and I will see you tomorrow for more.



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Posted by on 20/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 19

I have to laugh at the poem I wrote for this prompt. The instructions are: Choose a television program, podcast, or movie of at least 30 minutes in length. Transcribe what you hear. You won’t be able to keep up, and that’s the point. When completed, create a poem out of your transcribed words. You can delete — but not reorder — your text.

The poem you will read leapt out almost immediately. I tried for days to make something else work: The Colour of Sapphires.

Other set pieces:

Barbara C: American Family

Misky: The Basics

Tara Miner: how the world ends

E. Kristin Anderson: Powerful and Undeniable

Richard Walker: with splayed legs

Just a few, today.Tomorrow’s… well, I don’t know. Show up and we’ll see. Enjoy.

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Posted by on 19/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 18

I’m going to get up May 1st and not know what to do with myself, aren’t I? The instructions for today’s poem are simple: Find a two page spread, in a book or magazine, and pick words and phrases you like. Keep them in the order found and create a poem. As with so many found poems, the source text is crucial: Letting Go.

Other open books:

Lori Brack: An interior artifact

Zann Carter: And All the Spaces of Our Past

Barbara C: Amazon

Misky: A Stream of Sky

Doug Luman: Self-portrait of City in Death Mask

Mary Bast: A Handmade Card

Jen Karetnick: To Make Pies So That the Birds May Be Alive in Them

Richard Walker: boxes and holes

Have fun!


Posted by on 18/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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PoMoSco Day 17

I warned you this prompt was a little strange. I had to give up understanding the instructions and just follow them: You’ll need your source text and a “seed” phrase of at least 20 characters, which can be related or not to your source. If your source text is on baseball, you might choose “Take me out to the ballgame”. If your source text is the Beatles, you might choose, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”.

Visit the Diastic Poem Generator. Enter your seed phrase and source text in the corresponding boxes, then click “Generate.” The program will create a “spell-through” of your text. Using the “take me out to the ballgame” example, the program will search through your text for the first word that has T in the first position (it might be a word like “the,” “travel,” or “true”) and add it to your word list. Next, it searches for a word that has “a” in the second position (e.g. “cap,” “batboy,” “game”), and so on, until it reaches the end of your seed text.

Add the results to your word bank, and keep clicking “Generate” to add additional iterations. For a more experimental text, keep the resulting text intact. Otherwise, remove text to create your poem — but try to keep the words in order. You’ll read my process at the poem: landscape world never lonely

Other generations:

Vinita Agrawal: War Torn

Misky: Those Thump Stick Poems

Gary Glauber: The Riot

Lori Brack: Unimaginable Rewilding

Barbara C: Eyewitness

Richard Walker: you who held me all your life   note what can be done with a long generation

S.E.Ingraham: Ships That Pass

Scott Wiggerman: A Separate Reality   see how a final poem is arrived at

I know, I know, but I like so many of them. Enjoy. I will see you tomorrow.





Posted by on 17/04/2015 in exercises, poems, poetry, pomosco


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