Writing Prompt Pit Stop: PoMoSco #7 Roll the Dice

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! Today’s PoMoSco #7 prompt found us rolling the dice to come up with the words for our “Chance Operation” poem. For this poem I turned to my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, and his collection of graduation speeches: If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Since I don’t play a lot of board or card games I used virtual dice found on the internet for my rolls. I numbered lines of the text within one speech, and then rolled the dice…I’d write down all of the words in that corresponding line. In some instances when writing the poem I used some lines in their entirety, or partial lines; in others, I used just a word or two from the lines. I rolled the dice 45 times to come up with a “word bank” to use for my poem. There were only about 16 lines of text that I didn’t use anything from. My poem, “In An Afterlife We Serve The Best We Can,” can be found here.

Here is the Day 7 prompt, Roll the Dice:

Start with multiple dice and your source text. You can use regular six-sided dice, or ones with more sides (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dice#Non-cubic).

Assign each line on your source text page a number — you can work consecutively (first line = 1, second line = 2), in reverse order (last line = 1, etc) or in any order you choose.

Roll the dice — whatever line corresponds to the number that came up gets added to your word bank. Continue rolling the dice until you have a big enough word bank to craft a poem. For an extra challenge, retain the full original lines in your finished piece.

The Found Poetry Review. PoMoSco. Prompt 7. 7 Apr 2015.


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