"News print poetry", a form of "found poetry" or "blackout poetry." I took one story from the Orlando Sentinel newspaper each day and transformed it into a poem by creatively selecting words from the story. The words are kept in their original order and no words were added. The 2012 project is completed, but I add new poems from time to time.
I commented on my progress, and about writing in general, on a companion blog: http://newsprintpoetry.blogspot.com.
feel like a misplaced person.” Mom
repeats herself, like a myna bird. “I
feel like a misplaced person." She
wants to go home. She
is just temporary,”
says for the tenth time. “This
is just temporary.” She’s
slipping away. She
going home tomorrow.”
years old, in assisted living. “I
know, I know,” I say. It
is heart breaking. A
lifetime is missing.
This was a news story primarily about moving to a new house.The reporter compared her move to her mother’s
move to assisted living.I selected
words that transformed this into a poem about a different kind of move, a “remove”
if you will, as a lifetime of memories is removed from the brain.
The last line was not in the story.I pulled words from different paragraphs to
create it because I thought “A lifetime is missing.” Was a great metaphor.”