Writing Prompt Pit Stop: PoMoSco # 17 Spelling Bee

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! Today is day 17 of PoMoSco, and the prompt sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. The main thing is to find your seed phrase, and then find a source text that will generate a lot of words. The way that I wrote my poem was to keep the first word in the poem the same as the first word of the seed phrase. So, I used Vonnegut’s phrase: We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. Hence, the first words of each line of my poem starts with w a w w p t b s w m b c w w p t b.  By running my source text through the generator provided in the prompt I was able to come up with a poem I was happy with. Here is my resulting poem, “Eagles Birding: Excited Arrivals.” Enjoy!

Here is the Day 17 prompt, Spelling Bee:

You’ll need your source text and a “seed” phrase, Your seed phrase is a sentence or fragment that contains at least 20 characters, which can be related or not to your source.

For instance, if your source text is a book on baseball, you might choose “Take me out to the ballgame” as your seed phrase. If your source text is on the Beatles, you might choose, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

Visit the Diastic Poem Generator at http://www.languageisavirus.com/diastic-poem-generator.html. Enter your seed phrase and source text in the corresponding boxes, then click “Generate.”

The program will create a “spell-through” of your text. Using the “take me out to the ballgame” example, the program will search through your text for the first word that has T in the first position (it might be a word like “the,” “travel,” or “true”) and add it to your word list. Next, it searches for a word that has “a” in the second position (e.g. “cap,” “batboy,” “game”), and so on, until it reaches the end of your seed text.

Add the results to your word bank, and keep clicking “Generate” to add additional iterations. For a more experimental text, keep the resulting text intact. Otherwise, remove text to create your poem — but try to keep the words in order.

The Found Poetry Review. PoMoSco. Prompt 17. 17 Apr 2015.

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