Friday, April 02, 2010

NaPoWriMo #2: Doing the Shuffle

Now that the US has joined us in the month of April, I have used the first of the prompts at Readwritepoem for my second poem for the month.
The task was to put my iTunes player on "shuffle", write down the first five song titles that came up, and use them in the order they appeared and without alteration, in a poem.

To be honest, it didn't grab me hugely. The trouble is that pop song titles do tend to invite rather cliched love poems (or falling out of love poems). I wanted to break out of the mould, but it would have taken more than a day to come up with something more imaginative. For what it's worth, here it is (the song titles were Let's Do It, Another Galaxy, Truth You Know, When I See You, and Sure Don't Feel Like Love.

(All NaPoWriMo poems have now been removed for possible editing and submissions. Contact me if you would like to read them.)


Rob Kistner said...

This was mildly melancholy, but fresh and enjoyable...rob
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Greg O'Connell said...

Hi, Catherine. I like the lyricism of "whatever wild adventure"...which is NaPoWriMo 2010 for us! Hope to meet you at Madras Cafe Bookshop this Wednesday. - Greg =)

Unknown said...

Hello Catherine,

Well, this doesn't sound like a 'rather cliched love poem' to me. There is a sense of longing for that carefree youth.

Jenna said...

I loved this. There are some great memories in here. Very nostalgic and sad, and I love the snap of reality in the lines "But that was another time/ another galaxy."

flaubert said...

Such melancholy here and soooo nicely done!

Anonymous said...

A lovely, wistful poem.

Dana said...

Catherine, I really like it!