poetry, Poetry Forms

Blackout Poetry

This morning, I was in a coffee shop and worked on a Blackout Poem. This is where you take an article in perhaps a newspaper and create a poem from the  words, blacking out what you don’t wish to use. You can get more details here:

Writer’s Digest on Erasure and Blackout Poems

I picked up one of my favorite reads, Indy Week, and found several interesting articles about the different arts events coming up for the Fall. I kept this copy due to so many wonderful things coming up in the Triangle. (That Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill NC for those who wouldn’t know what I mean).

Here’s what I came up with:


Looking at this, I decided to develop it into a more complete poem:


separate thinking

although different styles play

we all want something

Okay, it’s a senryu from the blackout poetry.

That’s what I have for this day 🙂

Here’s my space for working this morning:

Personal Essay, poetry

The Send Off

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The Send Off
a haibun

Preparing poems for a manuscript is a daunting experience. Just when you think they are all ready to send, you take that last look and there you see it. One has a stain on his shirt, she has jelly circling her mouth, an untied shoe, a shirt not tucked in and so it goes. Back to putting the kids in order and making sure they do nothing to embarrass you. There will be one who belches and is rather proud of it and another who gets gassy and lets everybody know in more ways than one. Alas… as soon as everything is in good form and functional and relatable and all the other ables you put them in the minivan and take them off to deliver them to the judges, experts, or whoever has devoted never enough time to look them over. I just hope that they behave while not under my watch. Somehow, I trust they will, but oh my I hope that chili last night didn’t stir things up. Such is the life of a poet, preparing the way for her children to have a review. Wish us all lots of luck!

taking a fat chance
life has many turns and quirks
hope Stanley behaves