"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.
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On Tuesday August 14, 2012, there was a
story in the Orlando Sentinel about the Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. I did a news print poem about it, but I didn’t
post it because I used another poem that day.
has instituted “The Great Python Challenge” to try to reduce the numbers of these
snakes in Florida. It’s a one-month
hunting season for pythons with a prize of $1,500 for whoever kills the most
and a $1,000 prize for whoever gets the largest.
Burmese pythons in the Everglades are
big news right now. Senator Bill Nelson was
out hunting pythons last week, and Stephen Colbert did a segment about the
python hunt on his show this week.
It was fun going back and reviewing the year in poetry. The hard part was choosing which poems to include in the anthology. They are all the best.
I ended up including 179 poems. I selected those that concerned important events, those that worked particularly well as poems, and those that just tickled my fancy. I hope my readers will want to have the hard copy. It will be fun to reread the poems in coming years and remember the events of 2012. It makes a great gift for someone born in 2012 or someone with any significant life event (marriage, graduation, etc. during the year.) The poems are taken from news stories in the Orlando Sentinel so many of the poems are Florida-centric or Central Florida-centric. It make a nice hostess gift when you sty with friends or family in Florida, a nice housewarming gift for a new Florida resident, or a nice gift for Floridians to give to the folks "up north." Further, your purchase of this book will be your gift to me. The blog was a labor of love for 12 months, but earning a little money from my "labor-of-love" would be nice.
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