National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 20

The prompt for Day 20 is ‘to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way.’ Since part of my writing practice is to regularly find ways to rebel against my own natural tendencies, this required some extra thought.

What I came up with is to take a poem I recently wrote (but haven’t posted anywhere) and simply list all its words in alphabetical order, with each new letter of the alphabet starting on a new line. I’m referring to this version of the poem (in this case, Bookstore Poem #220) as the ‘build-it-yourself’ version—but really you can approach it in a couple of different ways. One is on its own merits (as such) as an oddball poem that may or may not make sense. The other is to treat it as though it were a piece of build-it-yourself furniture, with all the available parts (words) listed; from those parts (words), you can build your own poem.

Let the weirdness begin!

Bookstore Poem #220—The build-it-yourself version

a a a a accompanied actor all already and and and and and & approach at at
be be believable bit blow brief bust but by
character class clue concludes
dead director dolls dramatic
for funny
gentlemen get got grade guy guys
hasn’t he he herself him him house
I I I I’m if if intermission is is is is is
ladies laughs
main main may mean
nose nose not now now
of of of oh on or orchestra our
pause play portion practically present pretty production program
say seats she’s slightest slow speech something something sounds supposed sure
thank that that that the the the the the the the the the their thinks third this this throw throwing tissue to to to to touching trying
wanted was we what’s will with
you you’ll your your

(18/19 April 2018—posted April 20th)

3 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 20

  1. Hahaha, I thought of doing this but I was too lazy 🙂 I love that you call it an IKEA poem, it’s really inviting the reader to be active instead of passive.

    1. I thought about posting it as is, but thought that might be a bit lazy. So I figured I’d invite folks to use it as material for their own poems. My original poem has a very specific scenario, but I thought it might be interesting to see what other people come up with.

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