Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tidying Up After NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day


Friends, I've been going through all my NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day posts, cleaning up code, inserting a picture or two I had meant to put up but somehow neglected to, like a screencap from Chromapoesy for Day 15, stuff like that, and realized it would be a great idea to provide an index to all the blogs and sites that I featured or referenced during the month. The index would be mainly for my own use as I revisit places where I meant to read NaPoWriMo poems more closely, but of course it would be useful to all of you too. That index appears at the end of this post.

Before the index, though, I'd like to show you another visual found poem — or altered-page poem or erasure poem — I created in January. It's connected to the ones of Catherine and mine posted yesterday because it works with the Erin McReynolds text we've used for prompts before. (See yesterday's explanation.) The occasion for this particular piece was that I had assigned my poetry workshop class the same original exercise and when doing the homework along with the students, I made a visual found poem. Here's that piece. And thanks once more to Erin McReynolds.



Here's the poem text extracted from the paragraph above. That is, the circled words and phrases left over after erasure, concatenated and lineated.

Euthanasia

his face in my lap I kiss.
I find the wound, the organs
removed in wild panic.
He blinks and grabs my hair,
whispering liters of blood.

—Draft by Vince Gotera     [do not copy or quote ... thanks]

And here's the index to sites and blogs cited during NaPoWriMo.

Poetic Asides (Robert Lee Brewer) • http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides

NaPoWriMo.net (Maureen Thorson) • http://napowrimo.net

Circle the Block (Andrea Boltwood) • http://circletheblock.blogspot.com

chocolate is a verb (J.I. Kleinberg) • http://chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com

Waving at Satellites (Clarice) • http://wavingatsatellites.blogspot.com

No Vacation from Speculation (Jessica McHugh) • http://mcnito.blogspot.com

Skylaar (Skylaar Amann) • http://skylaaramann.blogspot.com

I Hate Poetry (Buddah Moskowitz) • http://ihatepoetry.blogspot.com

000 April (Aprille) • http://000april.blogspot.co.uk

Chromapoesy (Anna Montgomery) • http://chromapoesy.com/

Whimsy Gizmo (De Jackson) • http://whimsygizmo.wordpress.com

Laurie Kolp Poetry (Laurie Kolp) • http://lkharris-kolp.blogspot.com

Garage Poet (Carrie Moniz) • http://garagepoet-carriemoniz.blogspot.com

Fuck it. Cut 'em up. (Anne Reynolds) • http://fuckitcutemup.blogspot.com

I'm Not A Verse (Tilly) • http://imnotaverse.wordpress.com

Moon Junkee (Leslie LaChance) • http://moonjunkee.blogspot.com

Through the Eyes of Meena Rosehttp://meenarose.wordpress.com

Marilyn Cavicchia, Editor and Poethttp://marilyncavicchiaeditorpoet.wordpress.com

Jennifer Bullis: Poetry at the Intersection of Mythology and Hikinghttp://jenniferbullis.wordpress.com/

MiskMask: Alphabet Soup de Jour (Misky) • http://miskmask.wordpress.com

Griffin Lit Sixth Graders (Danielle Filas) • http://griffinlit.wikispaces.com

Susan's Poetry (Susan L. Chast) • http://susanspoetry.blogspot.com

A Poem a Day (Megan Hippler) • http://meganhippler.blogspot.com.au

Maureen Thorsonhttp://maureenthorson.com

The Found Poetry Reviewhttp://foundpoetryreview.com

The Found Poetry Projecthttp://foundpoetryproject.com

Hope you enjoyed National Poetry Month and that the blog contributed to that enjoyment. I also hope that, if you visit the blogs and sites noted above, you enjoy their NaPoWriMo poems even more. Comment below, please? Thanks. Ingat.



16 comments:

chromapoesy.com said...

Thank you! Euthanasia is profound, a jewel. I need to catch up on commenting here and will do that tomorrow with all the free time I won't be using to write NaPoWriMo stuff :). What a wonderful gift you gave us all this month. I loved being introduced to so many variegated styles, forms, and viewpoints. The adventure continues...

Susan said...

OW. So stark it hurts. I'll have to remember that as I barrel in a whitman-esque dance down my pages. I wrote today, couldn't help it. Please visit my Mayday poem.
And, again, thank you for all you do keeping us all engaged in this wonderful merry-go-round.

Vince Gotera said...

Anna, thank you so much. I've also been given a wonderful gift ... I have met so many great poets this month, seen a glimpse of a community I didn't know existed.

"Euthanasia" was my first try at this kind of found poetry. Take a look at carrieola's stuff on deviantArt: here or here. She's untouchable.

Vince Gotera said...

Susan, thanks, but I don't know what I am or that I am doing anything. I'll come look at your poem.

Megan said...

I've never seen an erasure poem before. I am intrigued and astounded at the things you managed to find and how sharp you managed to make it.

Thanks for the index too. I'll enjoy looking through the ones I missed.

--Megan

Vince Gotera said...

Megan, if you look at my response to Chromapoesy above, there are a couple of links to carrieola's erasure poems on deviantArt ... look at hers. She is the queen of the form.

Vince Gotera said...

Megan, I'll save you the trouble. Here are the links:

http://carrieola.deviantart.com/art/Beautiful-Leech-198101700

http://carrieola.deviantart.com/art/The-Sea-168886810

http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2012/04/day-30-napowrimo-poem-day.html

Vince Gotera said...

That last one is, obviously, from my own blog, with two erasure poems my friend Catherine and I did.

You know, I don't know what to call them exactly. Carrieola simply calls them "found poetry." That seems really broad to me. The name "erasure poem" calls attention to the gaps rather than the chosen words so that doesn't seem quite right. And the name "altered-page poem" is connected to another art form, the "altered book." Oh, see http://humument.com, where the form is called "treated book." I don't know.

chocolateisaverb said...

Found poetry, including erasures, is a favorite topic on the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest blog. Here's a link to the posts that are tagged 'found poetry.' Each one contains multiple links to other found poetry resources. Enjoy! http://boyntonpoetrycontest.wordpress.com/tag/found-poetry/

chocolateisaverb said...

THANK YOU, Vince. You're a fount and a treasure!

chromapoesy.com said...

The 'erasure poem' or 'found poem' is a fascinating concept and I enjoyed her visual representation very much. It's a more honest or straightforward? (don't know if those are the right words) representation of what we do as poets. In one poem I refer to the process of creation this way:

i’m an imperfect processor with selection bias
questing for an oracle of algorithms
deciphering code
delineating borders

Vince Gotera said...

Anna, what you wrote there is so oulipo-like. Very cool.

Vince Gotera said...

Erasure prompt!

De said...

Thank you, Sir! You're already in my "blogs I stalk" feed on my blog. :)
I love erasure poems. Today's nuts, but I'll be back...

Laurie Kolp said...

I feel honored to be included in this list of fine poets. Thanks, Vince!

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