A few posts ago Poet-on-Residence (see my blog list) talked about using material already written to write poetry. He suggested picking words and phrases from publications and putting them together into a poem of your own. So for the past two or three weeks I have been collecting words and phrases from things I have been reading - mainly The Times or The Guardian, or occasionally magazines. My one criterion has been that the writing was good writing.
Now I have a list several hundred lines long and I have written a couple of poems using lines and/or words picked out to fit the bill. Here they are - see what you think of them? And do you think this is a legitimate way to write "poetry"? My feeling is that playing with good words and phrases all helps to build up the experience needed to write well oneself. What do you think?
The continual search for Utopia
on the mean streets
brings out predator and prey;
vast herds and solitary wanderers;
you may have an A to Z
but would you really want to go there?
The affair rumbled on,
a strange, modern form of intimacy -
being kept at arm's length
with a significance that is never made clear,
'til one day they do not mention