Embracing Adventure “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~~Hellen Keller

My PoMoSco Experience Part 3 and a Poetry Book Giveaway (The Splinter Factory)

I’m back to tell you about my last five experiences with prompts from Found Poetry Review’s PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts).

11. “The Hero’s Path” for the Redacted badge using the source ‘On Sheep Wolves and Sheepdogs’ from the book On Combat by Lt. Col Dave Grossman

I picked this source because On Combat was the first psychology-related book I read which got me interested in psychology in general and PTSD in particular. Since I had to use an online source for the badge, I used excerpt from the website. I started working on this badge April 7th I got as far as the second stanza but didn’t complete it. It wasn’t coming up with something that was a problem, but I got frustrated with the blackout tool I was required to use, for which the undo aspect never seemed to work for me. Fortunately I wrote down phrases as I kept them so at least it wasn’t too hard, although it was time consuming, to start over. I finally went back on the 27th to finish the poem. You can see it here.

Wanted Adventure poem excerpt by Amanda Papenfus

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12. “Wanted: Adventure” for the badge Dialed In using the source The Double Life of Stephen Crane: A Biography by Christopher Benfrey

For this badge, I had to pick a phone number, write down the sequence, and decide whether the letters would refer to words, lines, or pages and then go through the number until I had enough words for a word bank. I started with using the numbers to correspond to words, but after doing it five times I realized I was missing a lot of good words and getting too many articles. So, I redid it and switched to lines. I copied the full lines into a word bank until I had two pages full. I pulled together a few lines then stopped for the night, returning the next night to finish up. You can read the poem here.

13. “Come and Check; She’s Not Here” for the badge All Ears using words and phrases overheard 4 April 2015 at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center in Ramstein, Germany

This was one of the first badges I worked on, jotting down some words I heard in a food court. Then I reread the prompt and realized I was supposed to gather words on a journey in which I was moving around. So I decided to do it while walking around the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center. I started copying things into the notepad on my phone when I got inside. I walked around the food court, mall area, and base exchange, sat at the bar in the Macaroni Grill and then walked back out through the food court, stopping as I exited the building. You can read what I came up with from what I heard http://www.pomosco.com/out-and-about/all-ears/come-and-check-shes-not-here/ here.

14. “History Says” for the Click Trick badge using the source Mark Twain in Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley by Harry B. Davis which contains excerpts from Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad

This badge required painting over a source text in a photo editing program, obscuring everything but the words I wanted for my poem. I used Pixelmator and page 30 from Mark Twain in Heidelberg, which was an excerpt from Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad. You can read the poem here.

15. “Reaching for Freedom” for the Spelling B badge using the source ‘Chapter 1: The Voyage to the Brazils’ and ‘Chapter 2: Arrival and Sojourn in Rio Janerio’ from A Woman’s Journey Round the World by Ida Pfeiffer

To complete this badge, I had to pick a seed phrase. I picked “I want to travel the world”. I then put that phrase into the http://www.languageisavirus.com/diastic-poem-generator.html​ Diastic Poem Generator and with Chapter 1 and then Chapter 2 from A Woman’s Journey Round the World and clicked Generate. The program makes a spell-through of the text taking the first word with I in the first position, the first word with w in the first position, the first word with a in the second position and so on until it reaches the end of the sentence. It kept going as I kept clicking generate until I got a sufficient word bank. You can read the poem I wrote from it here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at my PoMoSco experience. If you missed the previous poems you can check them out here and here. You can also still enter to win a copy of The Splinter Factory by Jeffrey McDaniel below.

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