For Read Write Poem
You’re almost there, and inspiration for your next to the last NaPoWriMo poem is at your fingertips! D.S. Apfelbaum recalls what William Carlos Williams once wrote, “It is difficult/ to get the news from poems,” but asks, “Who says you can’t get poems from the news?”
For this prompt, choose your favorite newspaper or online news provider. Jot down five to ten headlines that jump out at you and without reading the articles, select elements from each headline to create a new event about which your poem reports.
Alternately, let short-format sections inspire you. Write a poem in the form of an obituary, a personal ad, a classified ad, etc. (Bonus points if you can pull off a poem in the form of a crossword puzzle.)
ROCK 'N' ROLL
In a band?
Good as new
Red and white
And plain white
Just two grand
For quick sale
Six months old
Sold as seen
Up to you
Why buy new?
Nice work :) Didn't occur to me to try the classifieds lol. Would have been more fun. Ingeborg.ReplyDelete
This is interesting, Stan. What's the backstory?ReplyDelete
There's a story behind this poem: a disillusioned musician? a widow?ReplyDelete
Good poem from the most unlikely material.
Ingeborg; The ad was posted by an unlucky man who didn't make the grade...
The laughing housewife; Read all about it in the Music Press. The news is rather sad...
ViV; Just someone who didn't hit the headlines...
Like vivinfrance said, I'd like to know the story behind the poem (I think it was written by the musician's widow).ReplyDelete
Very good poem, strong and direct.
Thanks Stiletto; You've got me thinking now.ReplyDelete
Excellent! Music news would have been more interesting. Good thought.ReplyDelete
Thanks Lori; Or news set to music...ReplyDelete
Reminds me of:ReplyDelete
Thanks Ron; I could tell you more - but it's classified.ReplyDelete
If I understood what some of these gizmos are, I might be interested, Stan!ReplyDelete
Cool Banana's, I'll take two if you throw in a plectrum!ReplyDelete
btw, do you deliver at weekends?
Great job. Makes me want to buy it!ReplyDelete
there is a story in every classified ad, but not all of them have poems--nice workReplyDelete
I'll take the red and white
Two distinctly different reactions: first as a buyer seeing only opportunity. Second as a desperate seller postponing a dream, a flashback to year 2 of university and needing money more than music. Both in one poem, well done...ReplyDelete
If you are selling poems, I'm buying! great!ReplyDelete
Really enjoy hearing a different perspective from another culture in a classified poem structure. This is great!ReplyDelete
Good job, Uma!
Doh...Sorry, Stan. I was also reading Uma's in different window. Love the Rock ad.ReplyDelete
hi stanski, yes every classified tolds a story don't it... wonder how many disillusioned rockers gave it up too early??? a life in the dayReplyDelete
Derrick; It's a Pop Culture thing :)
Andy; C.O.D.? No Problem.
Poemblaze; The cash will come in handy :)
Briarcat; Good choice.
JDM; Getting through Uni and breking into the big time in music can both be expensive dreams.
1965; Music to my ears.
Mark; Spoilt for choice?
Pieceofpie; I know quite a few - also some who made it big.
Nicely done classified ad Stan.ReplyDelete
Thanks Pamela; Still available!ReplyDelete
Stan..still rocking and rollin ...Ski...good one StanReplyDelete
Thanks Wayne; After all these years...ReplyDelete
I like the way you played!
Thanks Jingle; Almost, but not quite. This piece has 62 words... my 55 is SALON ISAN. But thanks for the visit.ReplyDelete