Monday, April 9, 2012

WordParty Poetry Challenge - Writing Prompt #9

Day #9
Instant Poetry by Dan Brady

Objective:  The poet will create a poem in 10 to 60 minutes.

Materials needed:  A pad, writing implement, preferably a pencil, a radio, a watch or clock with a sweep second hand and a timer.

Procedure:  Tune the station to any talk station, though this is not a strict requirement.  You have the clock where you can see it easily and the writing materials, the pencil and paper conveniently handy.  You will set the timer for 5 minutes.  

When you press the timer to start its countdown you watch the clock and every ten seconds write down whatever word is being said on the radio.  As you can see talk radio may be easier than a music station.  This procedure will create a list of 30 words. When the timer goes off stop.
Now the variable instructions for creating a poem – from the most difficult to the easiest.
Variation One:  
You must use all the words, in the form spoken, in the order listed.  You may add twice as many “other words” so that the total word length of the poem is 90 words.  Extra special points or considerations if you can make it rhyme.  Oh, yes, it has to have narrative sense.

Variation Two:  You must use all the words, not in any particular order and you may change their form, from past to present, adding prefixes or suffixes and so forth.  It does not have to rhyme.  You are still limited to the 90 word length

Variation Three:  You must use the words in any order or form, you are not limited to the number of words you may add.