Monday, June 30, 2014

Over and Over Again

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by  Catherine Giordano

After doing well over 400 news print poems, I thought black out poems would be easy for me. 

Blackout poems are not easy for me! I have spent over two weeks trying to find text in the Orlando Sentinel to use. Today I found an interview with a restaurant owner and transformed it into a (sort of) love poem.

It took over two hours to "find" the poem in this text. A news print poem, once I have selected the text I am going to use, usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes. I didn't realize how lucky I was to do my first blackout poem so easily.  (CLICK HERE to see the poem.)

Blackout poets: I salute you. 

I wrote a web article about my experiences doing news print poetry. If you have a moment, take a glance at it.  It's Found Poetry: The News Print Poetry Project

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Found Poetry Explosion

A head full of found poetry
I finished the News Print Poetry 2012 Project on December 31 2012, and although I occasionally added a new poem in subsequent years, I considered the project done.

 Well, nothing is ever done.  This week I did more.

  • I wrote an article  about Found Poetry on HubPages and I included a blackout poem that I did especially for the article.  CLICK HERE.

  • I discovered found poetry that incorporates a strong artistic visual element and I created a pinterest board devoted to it. CLICK HERE.

  • I discovered other books (besides mine) devoted to found poetry--The found Poetry Review is an annual collection of the best found poems. CLICK HERE

One things leads to another; the journey is never over.

Monday, April 21, 2014

She Shot Her Husband

A man shot dead on a bed.
A woman in custody.
Her husband shot dead
in Ormond-by-the-Sea.

She shot her husband.
Found dead on a bed
with a gun beside him.

An autopsy
will be conducted.
No decision before then.

© Catherine Giordano 2014

No particular significance to this poem  It’s been a while since I did a new poem and I was attracted to this story by the rhyme and slant rhyme.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

The Incredible UCF Knights

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UCF’s
Historic,
Euphoric,
Fiesta Bowl victory.

Wow!
What a game!
What a year!
What a team!

UCF Knights—
the most amazing season.
UCF Knights—
a true hometown team.

Magical.
Memorable.
Incredible.

Wow, what a game!
Whoa, what a season!
Whooo, what a team!

© Catherine Giordano 2014

I don’t pay much attention to football and I don’t do news print poems on a regular basis anymore, but this was too much of a big deal to let it go without a shout-out.  Go Knights!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgivukkah

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A once in a life time event
Bringing together two holidays;
One sacred,
One secular.

An historic overlap--
Thanksgiving
The first day of Hanukkah.

Two holidays—
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Both joyful,
celebrating religious freedom.

Two holidays--
Both beloved,
bringing families together.

Thanksgiving. Hanukkah,

Thanksgivukkah.
  
Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day.  It won’t happen again until 79811.  Such a rare even just had to be commemorated with a news print poem.
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The last time it happened was in November 29, 1888 when thanks giving was on the last Thursday of the month and Thanksgiving fell on the fifth Thursday of the month.

© Catherine Giordano 2013

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Navy Yard Shooting

A two-hour shooting rampage—
Twelve people shot to death.
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Shots fired.
A dozen died.

Another act of violence.
Another mass shooting.
Another rampage.

There is something evil in our society.
There is something wrong.

Another massacre.  Another day of hand-wringing.  Another day of inaction on gun safety. 

©  Catherine Giordano 2013

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Fun

Have Fun with
 SpongeBob SquarePants
Bored?

Channel your inner kid.

Bring back a sense of play.

Appreciate a wink of whimsy.

Think lighthearted.

We all need this in our lives.


Consider adventurous playfulness,

levity, and a sense of fun.

Be as wild as you want to be.

The most important thing in life

is being willing to laugh.

In my essay, “The Amazing Gift of Laughter”, I say declare today “Act Like a Kid Day.”  (It’s in my book, “What Ifs, If Only’s and So Whats.”)

© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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