As I mentioned on March 25, I am participating in the Poety Month Scout project, sponsored by the Found Poetry Review. “Found Poetry” is an interesting concept, challenging the writer to create something new out of a pre-existing work. The editors of the Found Poetry Review have crafted 31 prompts intended to be a fun way to introduce poets to this process. I've managed to complete nine prompts, or badges. In effect, I've written a poem a day.
Some of these attempts have been more rewarding, some have been frustrating. For example, the "Redacted" badge required the poet to use an on-line tool to black out words on screen; the remaining words would constitute the "poem". I found the on-line tool very hard to use (especially in Firefox). However, after reading the experiences of other poets, I decided to give it another go, this time using the Chrome browser. I'm happier with this result; the source text is a meditation on the resurrection narrative from the Gospel of John.
“Crumpled is a Verb” is possibly the most popular of my attempts, at least judging from the number of positive comments it has received. To quote from the Scount Badge Handbook:
To earn the “On Demand” badge, start by coming up with an unlikely word combination. You can make up your own, choose words at random from a source text, or use a generator like the one at JimPix to come up with your words. Examples:
- Foolish Ninja
- Calamitous Rock
- Hurry Pork
- Jugular Magnet
Visit Google (http://www.google.com) and do a search on your chosen word combination (no quotes around the terms)..
Google will display a list of pages, as well as short descriptions for each site. Compose a poem using only these page titles and short descriptions — do not click into the sites themselves to grab more text. You can use multiple pages of search results if necessary.
I used the Jim Pix tool, and got "“Crumpled Change” as the word combination.
“Working On Doodles” was in response to the “Spaced Out” prompt. It's possible I didn't select the best source text for this challege: a one-paragraph blurb on “Ally McBeal” from Entertainment Weekly.
The irony in all this, of course, is that I was a wash-out as a scout; never made it past cub. Don't know what the editors would call a person who completes 15 or more of these prompt badges, but I hope it's better than cub. Padre would be amused, if not proud.