I couldn't wait. I had to try it out.
I have a very rough draft now...and I am goosity-bumply! I can barely wait to share it on Friday, the 27th! I'll wait, of course, to see if there are any more lines to come - but right now... oh...my...word! I'm loving this process!
Please feel free to add your line in the comments below or on some other day this week if you haven't yet. There's still a week to go. I'll happily harvest more lines if they sprout!
At this point I've kind of determined that I am going to make this a New Yearly thing - cause it's so much fun!
New thought. NEW THOUGHT! (Yes, I'm yelling.)
What if anyone who had a mind to, composed a poem at the same time I am? Same lines used, same reveal day?
Raise your hand if you think that would be fun! You know it would!
Line submissions deadline would be by midnight, next Friday (21). I would make sure all the lines were posted on my blog every day that week listed for anyone who wanted to take a poetic shot at unscrambling them and creating a ferocious poem.
The created poem would be posted on each Poem Potpourri Poet's site on January 27, 2017, and linked to Poetry Friday Roundup to get lots of visibility.
I am officially opening this up. I think it would be fun to see what comes of these lines in all these different brains!
I'll post again on Friday, so more will know about it. Pass it on!
Poem Potpourri thus far:
- Buffy S: "ferocious women who never bring you coffee" - refrigerator magnetic poetry
- Donna S (me): "always leave a wild song" - refrigerator magnetic poetry
- Linda B: "dreaming women do art in poetry" - from her pile of poetry blocks
- Buffy S: "where wizards and wolves rush by in a blur of green and gold and gray" - patched together from Kate Dicamillo's Where Are You Going Baby Lincoln
- Kay: "ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones" from Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
- Linda M: "waking the world to a new day"
- Margaret S: "steam that climbs like smoke from a fire" - this was in the comments the first week, and I'm not sure if it is a comment or a line... but I'm using it!
- Carol V: "fearless women reach out, connect, and find joy in life's intertwined moments" - Connecting the word "fearless" that April had used last week.
- Tabatha Y: "little chest to put the Alive in" - Emily Dickinson
- Joy: "wear loose clothing and a smile" - from a thought and some connections
- Jan GA: "I feel like there should be more stories out there for girls, and I try to tell them" - a quote from Hope Larson from the book COMICS CONFIDENTIAL.
- Mary Lee H: "ferocious women do not exaggerate" - from Mary Oliver's UPSTREAM on page 109, "I do not exaggerate."
- Brenda H: "make a ferocious dinner then eats masks, drips truth and saves softness for dessert"
- Keri L: "radical at their core" from her husband's magazine, "Guns & Ammo"
- Kiesha S: "ferocious women would rather drink the wind" - a line from Mary Oliver's (Why I Wake Early) titled "The Arrowhead"
If you choose to accept this assignment/challenge, here are the guidelines:
- You may break the given lines up into phrases, esp. if the line is broken into prepositional phrases.
- A word used in a line may be repeated elsewhere as needed.
- You may add or change articles (a, an, the...).
- You may change tenses, as necessary for meaning.
- If you haven't added a line to the poem, you may not add one now. Others won't have it to use.
- However, if you can create a brand new line using individual words from the given lines, feel free! Do not do that for the whole poem though - that may be another challenge on another day!
- Phrases should still be identifiable even though the whole line may not be in one unit still. (for example: "ignore the awful times" may be used in one place and "concentrate on the good ones" may be in another place).
- Remember, these are only guidelines, as it IS poetry and we ARE poets...
- Rules are meant to be broken.
- You may make your own rules if you don't like these - and that way you aren't breaking a rule.
- Oh, and if we get an unwieldy number of lines in the next week...I may change the rules, but so far, you need to use ALL the submitted lines in some way.
- Please copy and paste the list of participants and their lines in your blog so that each is credited, along with some of their sources for the lines!
- Link up here on that day also for potential extra traffic to your poem!
- There is no 14. I just didn't want to stop on 13.