April 14, 2014
The Prompt: Refer to the advertising section or the classifieds in your source newspaper. Create a poem by replacing all of the nouns in your chosen ad segment or classified listing with nouns from one article in the same newspaper. You may use multiple ads/classifieds, presented in the order of your choosing.
I thought it might be fun to keep the form of the poem similar to the ads being altered, so I did a poem with each stanza a separate advertisement under one header, the title, as ads tend to appear in my newspaper’s classifieds section.
NIGHT VALE VINDICATION SERVICES
Tri-state Custom Retaliation
No order too big or small!
We do it all!
Free abuse. Visa/MC accepted.
A legislature experienced in “smurfing.”
Senior Meals for the Week of April 14
Not a helluva lot.
French-style meth, “The Pajama Game,” and cookie
Spiced infant, pickled pseudoephedrine, and wheat bread
Barbecue _________, red wine, and rye bread
Closed for Good Friday.
The Service & Business Directory of the Evansville Courier & Press, accessed 14 April 2014.
AP. “Police seek answers after 7 dead babies found in an Utah garage.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 14 April 2014.
Duewel, Brian. “Safety in Numbers.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 14 April 2014.
Editor. “Lawmakers talk about meth, but fail to act on the issue.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 14 April 2014.
McFeatters, Ann. “D.C. turns blind eye to disparity in pay.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 14 April 2014.
Staff. “Senior meals for April 14.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 14 April 2014.
Note: The title references a fantastic radio show called Welcome to Night Vale, which is a bit like NPR meets Twin Peaks. For the third “ad” in my poem, I inverted the process because the ‘article’ was, itself, a public announcement of a dining schedule (for which rest home? Who knows…it didn’t say! Welcome to Night Vale…).
Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.