Welcome to Poetry Friday. Rose at Imagine the Possibilities is hosting us this week with whispers of spring, daffodils, and hummingbirds.
This week, I've been busy getting things ready for National Poetry Month 2023. Between Friday poet interviews and daily poetry videos from my students at Texas Women's University, and the Classic Found Poem, it will be chock full of poetry.
You're Invited. Share a Classic Novel Found Poem!
I wrote this found poem from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in response to a prompt in February about Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, Chapter Five, a found poem
A dreary night
I might infuse a spark of being
Into the the lifeless thing
the rain pattered against the panes
the candle nearly out
the creature opened the dull yellow eye
his limbs in proportion
his yellow skin, hair a lustrous black
teeth, pearly whiteness
his watery eyes and straight black lips
Different accidents of life
not so changeable
Deprived of rest and health
I threw myself on the bed
the dream vanished
I was disturbed
by the wildest dreams
I held the corpse of my dead Mother
I saw grave-worms crawling
I started from my sleep
The miserable monster
I had created
I took refuge in the courtyard,
catching and fearing
My pulse beat,
my palpitating of every artery.
I sank to the ground.
Langor and extreme weakness.
Dreams had been my food
Now a hell
Avoid the wretch.
© 2023, Jone Rush MacCulloch
I will have a Padlet ready to be loaded next Friday. I will feature the Padlet on April 14. I can't wait to see your found poems on what you consider to be classic reads!
3/23/2023 08:00:05 pm
Jone, you are going to be busy! How fun that we will get to read all the classic found poems. Those words from Shelley are stark and scary. You found some powerful images, like "Dreams had been my food / Now a hell / Avoid the wretch" Wow.
3/24/2023 03:00:30 am
Palooza is just the right word! I look forward to celebrating with you. Jone, you exude poetry joy. Thank you!
3/24/2023 08:28:32 am
Jone, your energy for National Poetry Month is going to make April a surprise a day. Your found poem is filled with vivid images, fear, and energy-packed thoughts such as:
3/24/2023 08:44:33 am
You found great images in Frankenstein and managed to distill the chapter into its essence. Well done!
3/24/2023 02:35:56 pm
Jone, this sounds like such a fun padlet! I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone creates-- I loved your Frankenstein poem!
3/24/2023 03:45:05 pm
Wow, Jone, this is exciting news to read of all you are planning. I've read Frankenstein with students & they are amazed at the terror which your poem shows so well. The description, the fear, dreams then real. Thanks for starting with such inspiration!
3/25/2023 04:52:39 am
Sigh. You are SO ready and I am SO not...
3/25/2023 10:49:33 am
Oh, my, Jone--what a very busy month you are planning! How fantastic, and I'm already noodling on the classic I'll choose for the found poem..."catching and fearing
3/25/2023 11:52:37 am
I felt immersed in your Frankenstein world, Jone. Looking forward to sharing a found poem next month!
3/25/2023 05:45:43 pm
Love a found poem. :) What a wonderful NPM project. Looking forward to it!
3/25/2023 07:40:37 pm
Ooh, that's powerful, Jone. Especially III. I love found poems! I hope I'll find time to try to create one for your padlet.
3/26/2023 01:30:06 pm
You are a busy poetry bee, my friend! So much goodness to look forward to over here next month. Thanks in advance! And, your poem might give me nightmares. Eeek! What a fun project - (creaky wheels turning...) ;0)
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2023 Progressive Poem
April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie, TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle, Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine, Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing