OULIPOST WARM-UP: BLANK VERSE AMIDST THE PROSE

This pre-NaPoMo assignment was to compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in one’s newspaper (or practice source). Blank verse is poetry written in regular metrical but unrhymed lines, almost always iambic pentameters. More background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blank_verse



 

Please Stay Tuned for the Weather

If someone does pop news at 8 o’clock,
it’s not their first connection to the world.

We didn’t sit down and design a show
for filthy lucre and that lofty fame

to reinforce the letter of my friend,
the benefits of an associate,

or talk whenever possible about
the rudiment of traffic safety laws

again with the belief that constitutes
a better way might be to pass out food.


[Source: Evansville Courier & Press 03/14/14, from the following articles: The Weather Channel reimagines morning; EDITORIAL OTHER VIEW: Scooter registration likely to improve safety; LETTER: Student, community benefits from investment in HCC education; LETTER: Krauthammer after facts, not popularity; LETTER: McConnell should put down gun, focus on real issues]

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