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Prompt #66 Documentary poem

August 4, 2011


Documentary poem

We Write Poems:  
This week Brenda suggests – Watch a documentary film. While you are viewing the film, pause it to explore any images that strike you as interesting, thus to get a piece started after the movie is complete. Keep your notebook or laptop open to jot down images, thoughts, single words. Include at least one quotation from the movie in your work if you can. Then, in short, turn a documentary into poetry.

Please do include some commentary notes about the film as reference for us while reading your poem. Further, we suggest reading Brenda’s poem, Pine Ridge South Dakota, Give them the Hills, for a superb example of a poem derived from a very intense documentary film (not that your selection need be of any specific sort).

Thank you Brenda Warren for this challenging prompt. Read her original prompt idea and stunning poem on her former Beyond the Bozone blog.

Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself.    ***    You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share.    ***    When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!).    ***    Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

  1. Rinkly Rimes permalink
    August 4, 2011 1:27 am

    Thank you for this reason to muse about the past via a documentary.

  2. August 5, 2011 9:35 pm

    I just wrote a post based on a PBS documentary! How ironic.

    I’d post more often here, but the “wait until next Wednesday” proviso always throws me. Any chance you’ll abandon that, or do you really think the lag time is used for editing – and so, wish to keep it? Just throwing the idea out, because I simply don’t have the brain function to include this in my plans…. Aaargh, Peace, Amy

    • August 8, 2011 10:17 pm

      Thanks Amy for expressing your consideration here. I feel sensitive to what you say as I’d really like you to be comfortable participating and posting here.

      The question you raise about when to prompt, when to be open for responses is one every prompt site must address. Partly we do the Thursday/Wednesday span because that’s our history and how it was done at the former Read Write Poems from which WWP came into being. The rational behind the delay is to make for an equalized playing ground to support the maximum response for all participants. Some of us write faster, some slower. I consider that important too.

      May I ask you Amy, in general do you find you’ve written your poem in response to a prompt within a day? (I know some people are very swift in response.) If you feel like posting directly in response to a prompt post on Thursday, you’re free to do so, as there are folks who do that directly. But we will urge you to post the link again on the following Wednesday when other participants post their link. This will ensure that you get more readership by posting on Post Your Poems Day. Hope this remedy works.

      Thanks again Amy. Your question and participation is appreciated here.


      • August 9, 2011 3:01 pm

        Neil this is my favourite prompt site simply because it allows time to reflect, to write a more considered poem, re-writing if necessary, to edit out the daft bits, the typos and the punctuation glitches. On this occasion my poem is ready, because I had time and inspiration to start straight away, but it has still undergone 3 drafts and a subsequent edit.

        I enjoy writing instant poetry to a prompt, but your method results IMHO in better poetry. Please stay as you are!

        • August 25, 2011 9:12 am

          Thank you Viv. I much appreciate your attention and thoughtful response to this question. We don’t go soliciting feedback like this, so your comment too is all the more of value for me to hear. There’s room in this poem-blog world for formats to please most anyone (some where, some how), but this one is what we do like to directly offer and for the very reason as you say. So thanks.

          (Although we surely don’t object in the least to folks responding directly to the initial prompt; it’s just less likely that more folks will see such responses because it is unexpected that way.)

          Thanks, Neil

  3. August 6, 2011 12:35 pm

    poem re a Doc is coming… day is my birthday so a short poem FRIENDS

  4. August 6, 2011 12:37 pm

    FRIENDS at

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