Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! Here we are on the downward side of the PoMoSco project for National Poetry Month. It’s amazing how time flies! Today we have the 16th prompt which is a “remixing” one titled The Blender. We were to choose a source text and then put it in the link provided to mix it up. I’ve been using my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, for many of my prompts this year and decided that his short story “Harrison Bergeron” might be a fun one for this. I cut and pasted sections in the blender and then I generally cut it again and pasted one more time, so that the words were even mixed better. Sometimes it was more jumbled than I liked, but I ended up being able to get a fairly decent found poem from it. Here is my poem, “The United States Handicapper Was Required By Every Screen.” Enjoy!
Here is the day 16 prompt, The Blender:
Choose either a source text that already exists in digital form, or a printed text that you’re willing to type out. Next, navigate to The Text-Mixing Desk at The Lazarus Corporation (http://www.lazaruscorporation.co.uk/cutup/text-mixing-desk), paste your text, adjust the controls and click “Start the Mix!”
Copy down the result exactly as it comes out of the Text Mixing Desk. Repeat the mixing process with additional sections of text if you want a longer language bank to work with.
Craft your poem from the results using words IN THE ORDER they appear in the original. You may delete words but not reorder them.
The Found Poetry Review. PoMoSco. Prompt 16. 16 Apr 2015.