Poetry Class Exercises, Playing With Language

(These are non-published poems)

The Cut Up
Poem using random words and phrases from newspaper pages.

If only they can get you to play along
apparently motivating local experts,
to different surrounding projects
after a new smell with your nose to the ground.

But just as I give up and start to leave,
the overall exchange starts to meander
like a dog under the car to smell the tires
and virtually causes effective parking.

Attractive and larger for the exclusive
according to the selected trimmed budget.
Now we have come nearly to the bottom,
the meeting is over and I must go home.

--Hubert Crowell

The Cross Out
Poem selecting random words and phrases from one article.

The Debate
Throughout the debate
The stakes could not be higher
Examples of widely known news
To advance
Adding to his frustration
To tell the rest of the story.

--Hubert Crowell

Ransom Note Poem
Poem using cutout words from an ad.

Life's Pleasures

--Hubert Crowell

Found Poems
Poem using words found anywhere, these taken from events in north west Georgia.

High Country
Pioneer days
enjoy the carnival, music and entertainment
Celtic Festival
Scottish Highland athletic competitions
dance under the stars
Apple Pickin' Jubilee
pick apples, ride wagons, milk cows
watch pigs race
Balloons and Tunes
adventure with hot-air balloons
New to You Purse Sale
gently used purses, wallets and small leather goods
Union Junction Jamboree
Crafts, food, a model train exhibit
Bluegrass Bands
savory country cooking, barbecue,
vegetable plates, sausage and biscuits,
funnel cakes and fried apple pies.

--Hubert Crowell

Chance Poems
Poem from words taken from the dictionary using birth date to select random page numbers, using the first and last word on each page. The words selected are the last word in title and the last word in each line of the poem.

The Causerie
There was once a centurion,
of life he thought he would freshen.
After he had been benighted
he needed to again feel fulfilled.
In battle he lost an earlobe
and now to build an edifice,
not to leave anything ajar,
he would not be called a dawdler.
But he had a problem, hard to detect,
a bladder infection, maybe cystic,
he was told he needed to desalinate
and drink plenty of bicarbonate.
But alas they found him dead in an alley.

--Hubert Crowell

2010 Hubert C. Crowell