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Prompt #109 Finding pearls

June 7, 2012


Finding pearls!

“not a cento poem poem”

We Write Poems:
Are you familiar with “cento” poems?  (We’ve done them here before. And probably will again, however… )  That’s a poem composed entirely of lines borrowed from another poet, from an assorted few of their poems, then reassembled by you into a whole new and unique poem.  The only rule (as rules go) is that you keep the original lines intact, without adding any words of your own.  Punctuation should also remain (although we’ll easily look the other way on that part).  It’s a wonderful way to step close into another poets shoes and gain more understanding of their voice and poetic sensibilities.

But we’re not making a poem from other poems this week, after all, this is a “not a cento poem” prompt.  Rather we’d like you to make your poem from another writers prose (not a poem).  Find a favorite novel or short story as source this time – and use their whole sentences as the elements of what you assemble now.  Please select just one other writer, not more than one.  And yes, probably, mostly, we suppose, you’ll mostly want to select lines of (maybe) shorter length, lines with more poetic quality – however these are now your artistic choices to make, and go ahead, surprise us as you see fit!

Some prose reads like poems do, or their phrasing or meaning invokes that poem quality when you’re reading.  That’s what we’d invite you to find and share with us this week.  Language is language when you get to the roots, so go digging in the yard and discover what you find that’s common within the writer’s craft.

And do please credit your source author and the book or books you’ve used in making your poem.

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!


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