- I can write a poem about flatulence. Not sure if that's a good thing, though.
- I have just today figured out there's a "sharpness" editor for my digital camera, so all those fuzzy words actually could have been more readable. Oops.
- It's by far much easier/faster to go with the poem the words want to make than to try to make a specific poem about a particular topic. And changing words to what is available can turn the poem in unexpected directions, which is always fun.
- "Your" really needs to be included in one of these kits.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Which brings up an interesting question. If you had only one poem to introduce poetry to someone with, what would you choose, and why? Would you choose a rhyming poem, because that's the easiest way to describe the concept of "poetry"? Would you choose a modern free-verse poem, because that better reflects contemporary poetry? I'm just tossing out questions here, I don't know what I would choose. One of my favorite poems is Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," and that's just not helpful at all.
Which brings up another interesting question. What were your formative poems? What poem or poems made you love poetry? For me, it was the dwarves' songs in Tolkein's The Hobbit, especially this one (I still remember where I was when I read that for the first time), along with Alfred Noyes' romantic "The Highwayman." Maybe I should accost people today and read them some old-fashioned rhymin' goodness.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The other part is the spontaneous images caused by which words are juxtaposed on my fridge. Images or phrases that I wouldn't have thought of appear, and become a springboard. Of course, then see the above paragraph -- where I want to take it is not necessarily where the magnets will let me.
It will be interesting to see how this continues over the month. So far, creating each poem has been a challenge, although they do feel much more finished than the year I wrote a poem (from scratch) each day during April. That year, I felt like I had 30 unfinished drafts, many without promise. One or two turned into what I think are good poems. I wonder what the long-run result of these poems will be?
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
you are calmer than a languid fish
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I got several different boxes for this project, and as you can see, the words are larger in the supplementary boxes! Grr, as the haiku would say. So please ignore the unintentional emphasis created by the sizes. Not quite what I had in mind.
Anyway, here it is, poem number 1. What did you come up with? Post in the comments!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Naoko Tosa of Kyoto University in Japan has written a program that takes
two or three keywords entered by a user and creates a three-line poem
related to them in the haiku's structure of five, seven, and five syllables
To find related words, the software searches several databases,
including a thesaurus, a database that links words that relate to the same
season, and one that links onomatopoeic words.
How cool is that?
You can find the whole article here. Sadly, no links to the program itself, although I did come across a website called Computerized Haiku. Hit a button and voila! Your own randomly created haiku. This is what I got:
All blue in the fog,
I smell faint streams in the sun.
Grrr! The sun has sprung.
Love the "Grr!" Somehow, I never thought about putting that in a haiku before.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
So I am officially combining both ideas and announcing that April is herefore Refrigerator Poetry Writing Month.
What is that, you ask? Simple. Here are the rules.
1. Create a poem every day during April, using only refrigerator poetry magnets.
2. Multiple boxes of refrigerator poetry magnets about any and all themes and in multiple languages are perfectly acceptable.
3. No line limit. Go as short or as long as the muse requires.
4. All types of poetry and subject matter are acceptable: free verse, sonnets, pantoums, you name it.
5. All work MUST BE ORIGINAL. This is a biggie. If it didn't spring, Athena-like, from your very own brain, it does not count.
That's it! I will be doing this, and posting a photo every April day on this blog. I hope you will join me, and add your poems in the comments. (I don't think you can post photos in the comments, so you'l have to type them in. We'll take it as an article of faith that you are using refrigerator poetry magnets to create your work.)