During National Poetry Month, April 2015, I was among 213 poets representing 43 states and 12 countries in The Found Poetry Review’s project PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts), working toward 30 found poetry merit badges. “These aren’t your childhood merit badges! PoMoSco participants had the chance to earn up to 30 badges in April by completing poetry challenges in five categories: remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual and chance operations.”
Here are some I thought turned out well. It was a challenging month and I learnt many new techniques. Thanks. Jenni B. and company.
Pick and Mix:
Maestro of love
open my heart.
People feel affection;
your charms and manias.
My inkwell, the goose quill,
and languishing papers.
Source text: “Memories of My Melancholy Whores” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Shake it up:
“The Window Trick”
carefully place windows.
Planned behind all trick,
Source: Clancy, Tom. Rainbow Six. New York: Putnam, 1998. Print. p. 345
“The Shape of a Wish”
Charles, Patrick. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451. Berlin: Cornelsen, 2006. Web. p. 80
First In Line:
“She is Standing on my Eyelids”
Easy and beautiful under,
the river I have
under my tongue.
She looks into me,
a few grains of dust,
more or less.
Source: Paul Eluard online collection at PoemHunter.com
“She Looks into Me”
“Lady Love” (title)
“Dusk and Lions”
Source: “The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, p. 25
Out and About
“The Timid Always Say it’s Possible / A Project of Translation”
Love in practice is a service for others,
take care of them,
in manifestations of faith
there is a natural body and a spritiual body.
Maintain emotional control,
let all things be done with charity,
like a cold mind with a boiling heart,
make an alliance.
Speakers: Padre Hugo Herrera Rosales SDB, Lic. Mercedes Marqués Maldonado and Alejandro Coronel Espinosa.
Title: Consejo Tecnico: Sistema Preventivo and Tipología de Alumnos.
Location and date: Instituto Juan Ponce de León, Puebla, Puebla. March 27th, 2015.
* the phrase “like a cold mind with a boiling heart” was said by Mr. Espinosa, it seemed odd at first, but somehow made sense. We are working with high school children who come from troubled homes in many cases, so we have to be kind yet firm.
“James and Jack”
Stalk spring through the coast
how much of it is summer?
humidity is spring
At work in the early-
humming morning, bumblebees
work humming again
In the drenched thrashing
a bird among the the roses
a bath in the shower
Source: The first haiku is from James Brush’s two haiku in his collection, A Gnarled Oak, 2010, which I proudly own. Pages 8 & 15-spring and fall.
The second is from “Some Western Haikus” by Jack Kerouac
The final one is from Jack Kerouac’s American Haiku.
“My Mother Wore Heels in the Kitchen”
A smell like pickles from a jar,
parsley on the table,
in the shallow tide of leaves —
Lakes of smelling and feeling
among the whispers.
“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury, p. 138
“My Cats by the Window”
No creature is more sensitive,
clever, clinging, standoffish.
A cat gives back
born different and similarly,
but withdrawing in dignified silence.
returning affection —
You have slept too late,
your cat will come and purr,
gentle open eyes —
emotions, love, affection,
we share emotional apparatus with cats.
Who knew their cat will sit waiting for them?
Lessing, Doris. “About Cats.” Time Bites: Views and Reviews. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. N. pag. Print. pp.176-178
“Candles in Paris / Crows and Flowers”
Paris during the spring
my soul enkindled;
a perfect abandon.
At the first dawn
a couple of tapers strongly scented
amid wild lights and shadows.
The rivulet was flowing,
a few crows were circling the sky.
Humid fertile ground,
god of flowers,
miracle beneath the tree.
*First of all, I had so much fun with this exercise, that I wrote two.
Source l: “18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. Print 1965, pp. 104 and 105.
Source ll: “The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho”, HarperCollins Publishers. P
Out and About
Off The Shelf:
“Ornaments on a String”
of earth and man
roll up all under heaven like a mat.
Eloquent intricate schemes
inhabit forests and secluded valleys,
distant lands and climes.
At the end of summer
novelty — enthusiasm of its halo.
Precarious is death
falling back into the shadows.
1.“The Prince Machiavelli by Niccoló Machiavelli”, pp. 31-34.
2.“The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels”, pp. 79-84.
3.“The Art of War by Sun Tzu”, pp. 20-25.
4.“Jihad vs. McWorld by Benjamin R. Barber”, pp. 23-28.
5.“The Zapatista Reader by Tom Hayden”, pp. 19-23.
These books came from my bookshelves. I wasn’t going to try to attempt this exercise with books from a local library, because they would have been in Spanish. Therefore, this doesn’t really fit the criterion for the badge, but I completed it to the best of my abilities.
Quiet on the Set:
“Separation: Spirit, Heart, Love”
In the spirit
upon fantasy of being.
No separation in heart and love,
in touch — love binds.
The world is becoming
smaller and inward
invest in the technology
of the heart,
wall to wall
Rejoice — aspects rise on the ground.
At the root of the tree,
a shift in hearts –
the root of happiness
Millions of breaths,
subtle, what happiness looks like.
Source: His Holiness, The Karmapa. “The Technology of the Heart.” Ted Talks.
“A Tease Around the Eyes”
The morning is warm
and the cotton sheets nearly blue — sleeping.
His hair parted during the day,
and a warm fleshy smell to his skin
that would tease about.
Around the eyes
a sunburst of wrinkles — browned,
imagine him squinting.
to drop anchor.
Source; “Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood” 1. ANTIBES, FRANCE. JUNE 1926.
Out and About
It reminds me of my childhood,
green, beautiful — perfect peace.
Birds, sun, clouds and boys playing.
Apples and leaves,
singing birds and animals.
Fruits for life
tall, beautiful and strong.
how beautiful life is —
Music and calm and love.
Source: Class Activity with my prepa kids. School: Ponce de Leon. Word: Tree. I did this activity almost a month ago, and then I became ill. So, mucn so, I couldn’t sit at my computer for more than ten minutes at a time. I love my prepa kids.