Sorry to disappoint, fellow patchworkers! Summer has me in it's sunny grip. Patchwork Poetry will be On Vacation! until September! Please come back when (at least, here in the Northeast) the leaves are changing.
Sorry for the delay! It's Thursday, and the 4th one, at that. From now until next Thursday, poets of all sizes & stripes are invited to post their patchwork poems, pieced together from this week's poetic offerings on summer.
Even if you didn't provdie a poem, please feel free to use the poems we ponied up to create your own cento.
Please note, Patchwork Poetry will be on a little vacation, so the next time to offer poems of your own for patchworking will be Thursday, July 17.
Hey! If you create a patchwork poem all on your own between now and then, go ahead and leave a link, right on this post!
It's hard to believe, but the third Thursday in June is here already! Since tomorrow is the first day of summer, how about some poems about summer? Poems already published by other poets, or poems of your own.
You know what to do: post the poems here until on or about next Tuesday. Then, next Thursday, you can post your newly created patchwork poems! Easy!
Even if you don't give us a poem to work with, please feel free to use the poems and create a cento. Sharing is good. Sharing what you've written is even better!
As always, please remember to credit your muses! And please try to use whole lines of poetry, not just phrases!
It's just a few days until Father's Day... time to show off your patchwork papa poems. Or maybe, despite the array of poems about dad offered this week, your patchwork poem has nothing to do with the man!
Nevertheless, from now until next Thursday, you are invited to post a link to your newly created patchwork poem. Even if you didn't pony up a poem to work with, you are humbly invited to use the poems provided and share your work with us!
Next Thursday, June 19, stop by and leave a link to a poem of your own for the next round of patchwork poetry.
Happy June, everyone! I'm saving the new stuff for another day. I've got plans man... In the meantime, from now until Tuesday (or thereabouts) you are invited to post your poems about Fathers. Your poem or a poem by a famous/published/well-known poet. Our only caveat this time around is the subject: dad. Your dad, someone else's dad. Grandpa, great-grandpa. You as a father. (ooohh...great writing prompt for women, write about yourself as if you were a father...)
Stop by next Thursday and post the links to your newly created patchwork poems.
As always, though I am, at heart, a rebel, there are a few "rules" we abide by here at patchwork poetry:
* We use only FULL LINES of other people's poetry in the creation of patchwork poems. Phrases and favorite words don't count (at least not around these parts).
* We DO change a tense or a participle here and there. Add an S, remove an -ED, minor stuff like that. The patchwork purist takes lines JUST AS THEY ARE. That is the challenge! That's why we're here. (Or, at least, that's why I started this thing...)
Hey all. Since we didn't have enough poems to work from this week, I am extending our poem gathering one more week.
This week, add a link to your favorite poem about food. This time around we're looking for poems by other poets. You know, the poets with books? The rich poets, writing perfect poems on their yachts, sipping drinks with umbrellas in them...wait, those aren't poets. Who are those people?
Come back next week, the 5th Thursday in May, to post your newly created patchwork poems.
PS: If you posted a food poem last week, would you mind posting again? Thanks!
A cento, also known as a patchwork poem, is a poem stitched together from other people's poems.
A while back, in a collaborative poetry group I belong to, we offered lines of our poetry to each other to piece together bold, new poems. It was a refreshing challenge, a really nice way to play with other people's words, yet create something original. Collaborating opens new worlds. It's good like that.
How to participate
This is a collaborative blog. The more, the merrier. The more poets, the better the patchwork poems!
Taking part is simple:
1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month, post a link to a poem all your own, a poem you are willing to allow other poets to take apart (with proper acknowledgement, of course!)
2nd & 4th Thursdays, post a link to your newly created patchwork poem!