Slice of Life Story Challenge March 23 -The Joy of Conscious Wordplay
The Joy Of Conscious Wordplay
Today, I had the opportunity to pander to my poetic passions. After a full day of presenting, I spent today in full writing mode...
Using an extract from Laurie Halse-Anderson’s ‘Speak’ I went in search of some poetic pearls hidden within the narrative on the page.
Using the blackout poetry strategy, I worked my way down the page with a fine line pen blocking in those words I wished to retain. Those words that appealed to my eye and sang to my ears. I looked for flow and continuity of ideas. I wanted my words to exhibit some sense of connection.
Then using a thick black marker I obliterated all the words that had missed selection. What emerged was my found poem. A poem hidden within the original narrative. It appeared like magic. The search for a poem was both engaging and therapeutic. There is much joy to be had in conscious word play.
Here it is, my latest black out poem. Fresh and new within my notebook.
I peel potatoes
She gives the frozen turkey a hot bath
She hacks at the guts of the turkey
Cooking means something to her
I finish the potatoes
She pours me orange juice
It burns my scabby lips