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My PoMoSco Experience Part 2 and a Poetry Book Giveaway (The Splinter Factory)

I’m back to tell you about my next five experiences with prompts from Found Poetry Review’s PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts) project and remind you that you still have some time if you want to enter to win a copy of The Splinter Factory by Jeffrey McDaniel. (Enter with the Rafflecopter below). Both the PoMoSco site and my giveaway close on May 31st, so hurry if you plan to read the poems or enter the contest!

6. “A Night Intruder” for the Roll the Dice badge using the source The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

I had started but not finished reading The Professor and the Madman when I used it for this badge, which required rolling dice and using the number combinations to pick pages and line numbers from which to pull my word bank. I used varying numbers of dice, rolling first for page number then for line, and ended up with 35 lines. I waited several days before going back to write the poem, picking out words and phrases that appealed to me until a poem came together. You can read the poem here.

7. “You Quite Follow Me?” for the Interrogator badge using as the source Adventures I & II from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quilled Sherlock Holmes PhoenixxPhyre Creations

Quilled Sherlock Holmes posed on the first page of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Click to go to the PhoenixxPhyre Creations Facebook page where you can see more of my quilling.

To complete this badge, I wrote down all the questions from the first two adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which I had not yet read, and rearranged them to tell a story. I could leave out, but not change, questions. Although this task was easier than expected, there were so many questions too specific to their stories that it took awhile to find ones that would work. In the end, I ended up with a set that sort of tells a story of my own. You can read the poem here.

8. “Fired Because: Reasons” for the X:Y badge using the source Sleep: A Groundbreaking Guide to the Mysteries, the Problems, and the Solutions by Carlos Schenk

The task for this badge was to pick a syntactical relationship between words within the source and list the phrases and fragments that fit the pattern. I picked “because…” I have a print copy of the book, though I hadn’t read it yet, so I went to Amazon and used the “look inside” feature to find phrases that fit the pattern. When I had gotten almost two pages of “because…” phrases, I stopped. However, once I started pulling the poem together, I decided to go the rest of the way through the text, just pulling out the ones I thought would work for the poem. You can read what I ended up with here.

9. “Whoever Believes in Dreams” for the Open Book badge using the source The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

For this badge, I had to choose a two-page spread from my source and pick out interesting words and phrases, keeping them in the same order they appeared on the pages. I chose pages 106-107 in The Alchemist. I had started reading the book, but hadn’t gotten that far into it yet. Since I knew I had to keep the words in order, I started with “I know about…” and then continued only picking words or phrases that would go with what I had already picked before. You can read the final poem here.

quilled gift tag inspired by jayne and his hat in firefly

Quilled gift tag inspired by Jayne and his hat in Firefly. Click to go to the PhoenixxPhyre Creations Facebook page where you can see more of my quilling.

10. “Long After I Bury You” for the Quiet on Set badge using Part 1 & 2 of the episode ‘Serenity’ from the television series Firefly.

This was the badge I had most looked forward to at the beginning of the project, because I already knew I wanted to use the show Firefly, which I’ve officially watched more times than I can count, and for my poem to be the first of a larger Firefly-inspired found poetry project. For this badge, I had to transcribe only what I could hear during the episode. I started with the subtitles on for the first five minutes, though a lot of that part of the episode has no dialogue. Then I remembered that the instructions said I couldn’t use them, so I turned them off.

Although I also technically wasn’t allowed to pause, I realized my writing was getting too sloppy to read, so I paused to type up what I already had, unpaused, and typed the rest of what I could hear as I went. Since I didn’t pause in order to keep writing something I had heard and didn’t want to miss, I think I can still say I followed the spirit of the prompt. I am pretty happy with what I came up with, and look forward to returning to the episode and using the remaining episodes and the movie Serenity for future found poems. You can read the poem created from this prompt here.

I’ll be back to tell you about the last five poems I wrote for PoMoSco soon. If you missed the first five poems, you can read about them and follow links to read the poems here. You can also enter to win a copy of The Splinter Factory, which I used as the source text for my fourth PoMoSco poem using the Rafflecopter below.

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