dVerse — Book Poem #1

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Adjustment Day arrives
for the assembled Tarantula –
A Million Little Pieces
with Burnt Tongues
making Tracks.

Traveling Light,
In the Skin of a Lion,
Backward Down the Path,
Fugitives and Refugees —
Keep Going…

 

Bjorn Rudberg is today’s host of dVerse.  Bjorn says:

  1. Go through your collection on books, and note the titles.
  2. Sort them so the titles form a poem.
  3. Take a photo of the books.
  4. Write down the poem.

As often with found poetry, you will likely be frustrated at first and most likely you will come to the conclusion that though the titles provide a good backbone for the poem, you prefer to put some flesh to the bones.  So as an option I give you the possibility to write a second version where you add your own words to form a fuller poem.

53 Comments Add yours

  1. The first stanza really works for me.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, thanks, Bjorn.

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  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I especially liked traveling light and keep going for all of us fugitives and refugees.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Frank.

      I found the traveling light book by first buying the author’s calendars for years. I loved her photography and then looked further and saw she had written a book.

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  3. Maggie C says:

    I especially like the last three lines.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maggie, thank you.

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  4. Sadje says:

    Very cleverly done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje, glad you like it.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li.

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  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Very nice! I’ve done a few of these and they are always fun to see what I can come up with. I see you have the book ‘Tracks’. That’s one of my favorite books, and I have it, too. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks! I can’t remember where I read about Robyn, but I bought the book and loved her story. She’s one brave, TOUGH woman!

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  6. I keep being amazed at how fun this is and how everyone’s titles become such effective poems. No exception here, in fact it’s exceptional.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Aw yes, and gee happy, their stories want to be told. So many awesome stories from a simple game.

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      1. If by “their stories want to be told” you are referring to your books… then you are one of those weird book people. And I totally get what you mean.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          The stories of the books want to be told, but their stacked title communities do also, when we look at them with intention. I’m glad you get what I mean.

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          1. Um, my books get placed with “friends”, other books they might want to converse with. Not exactly Dewey decimal, but sometimes they coincide.

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  7. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    Good stuff..the second stanza works best for me. I like “traveling light in the skin of a lion.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you like it, Glenn. I like your poem on Hemingway, but I never cared for the man and so made no comment.

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  8. Grace says:

    Interesting list specially with:
    Traveling Light,
    In the Skin of a Lion

    So well done with the found poem.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Grace, thank you, glad you find it interesting.

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  9. memadtwo says:

    These titles create wonderful images when placed together. I especially like the idea of traveling light in the skin of a lion. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, K. I just finished reading yours, which also were wonderful.

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  10. hank77 says:

    kaykuala

    Fugitives and Refugees —
    Keep Going…

    With the lockdown, it puts a damper on the the progress of displaced human movements across the globe.

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hank you’re right. For them especially it has to be difficult to keep hope going.

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  11. rothpoetry says:

    Very nice Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you very much.

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  12. Wow Lisa! 10 books – Traveling light in the skin of a lion – love that 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Christine! You’ll also notice 3 of them were either written or Chuck Palahniuk was involved with (Burnt Tongues.) 🙂

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      1. One of your faves Lisa? ☺️

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  13. It is amazing what the titles of a stack of books can say! Very well done, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it is! Thank you and glad you enjoyed the result.

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      1. The result was astounding. My pleasure.

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  14. I am so intrigued and tantalized. What a wonderful way to combine these titles and give a resonating message!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy to hear it, Victoria. Thank you 🙂

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  15. It’s clear forethought went into this. A wonderful combination!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Petru and glad you enjoyed reading 🙂 Not really much forethought, unless subconsciously. I just started grabbing titles. The last half was just as I randomly stacked them.

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      1. 🙂 Serendipity at work then.

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  16. Fantastic!
    Those titles work great together.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, glad you like them 🙂

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  17. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I really like those first two lines and the image of putting together a tarantula of a million pieces. It could be symbolic of many huge problems we face in the world.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Ali, or the tarantula could be us, and the problem we face is us.

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      1. Ali Grimshaw says:

        Oh wow, I didn’t think of that but it really fits. Thanks for sharing that insight.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Just my take on it. Yours is just as valid!

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          1. Ali Grimshaw says:

            Being able to interpret a poem in multiple ways it what makes it interesting.

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  18. Yvonne Osborne says:

    I love the nod to fugitives and refugees, which we all can be, in one way or another. Enjoyed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So happy you enjoyed it. The book by Chuck Palahniuk is a wonderful tour through Portland, Oregon, where he grew up.

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  19. Just Barry says:

    This is a clever prompt, and I love what you’ve done with it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you. I think this should be a regular feature for dVerse 🙂

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  20. theresaly520 says:

    This is such a clever idea! I really enjoyed the visuals in this poem. Might want to give this a shot as well! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think so also. Yes, do it, you’ll have fun 🙂

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  21. Wonderful! Big love for In the Skin of a Lion.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Great book from a great author!

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