Thursday, March 27, 2008

4th Thursday! Patchwork Poems Please!

It's the 4th Thursday of March! Time to post links to your newly created patchwork poems! Even if you didn't provide a nature poem to work from, feel free to use the poems others provided last week and try your hand at a patchwork poem. Remember, whole lines only, please. We're as true to the cento form as we can be around here!

Next week, Thursday April 3, we're going to kick off National Poetry Month. Stop by and leave a poem of your own for use in the next round of patchwork poems. The more the merrier! Tell your friends. Tell your neighbors. Heck, mention it to the guy (or lady) who makes your latte!

As always, thanks for poeming with me!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

3rd Thursday, Give Us Your Poems!

It's the 3rd Thursday of March, first day of Spring 2008 in the US, time to pony up your poems for our next round of patchwork poems!

Last week I mentioned thinking green. Since we had such a wonderful collection of favorite poet poems last time, my plan was to request nature poems from our favorite poets. I didn't even know that tomorrow is World Poetry Day, a celebration of sorts, in anticipation of Earth Day (check it via the link!). Gotta love synchronicity!

So, this week's call for poems is not only nature inspired, but environmentally themed. From now until next Tuesday, March 25, you can place links to your favorite "green" poems. Please be sure that the poems are already in the public domain. We don't want any copyright police beating our doors down!

Have fun!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

2nd Thursday, Time for Patchwork Poems!

Today, today. Hot damn, today's the day! (The Christmas Story, anyone?) Oh well...It's the 2nd Thursday of the month! Time to post your patchwork poems.

From now until next Thursday, March 20, you are invited to place links to your newly created patchwork poems. Since we used poems from well-known poets, it is probably especially important that we credit our sources! In other words, please let us know the names of the poets whose work you used. And, while you're at it, tell us a little bit about your process. How did you piece together the lines? Cut them all up, put them in a hat and pull one line out at a time? Highlight your favorite lines? Ask your cat for help? Let us know!

Next Thursday, we will again post links to poems of our own that we offer up as fodder for new patchwork poems. To ensure that everyone has enough time to create, I will be closing comments on Tuesday. Try to get your poem in by then so that people have time to gather poems and work!

Stay tuned for a little leprechaun mischief with next week's call for poems. Think green...

If you would like to be listed as a member of patchwork poetry, email me at! If you've already told me you'd like to be on the list and you're not, remind me! A gentle nudge never hurts.

Thanks for poeming with me!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

gather ye poems...with a twist

It's Thursday! Time to pony up your poems for our next round of patchwork poetry.

But wait! This time around, we're doing something a little different. This week, instead of offering up one of our own poems, we're going to provide a link to one of your favorite poems by another poet!

Beware the copyright goblins! Please don't post a poem that is not already in the public domain. There are many, many wonderful sites, inlcuding author's own web sites, where you can find a poem. Check out Poetry Magazine, Writer's Almanac, poemhunter, Poetry Foundation,, the list goes on. Just be sure the poem you link us to is already in the public domain!

* An important note on form. There should not be any of your own words in patchwork poems, or centos.

While altering tenses and omitting such words as "but," "and," "is," even changing "I" to "me," or "he," to "she" is ok, putting your own words into a patchwork poem is not.

Patchwork poetry uses full lines of other poet's poetry. Please try your best to adhere to this when you are doing work with the poems offered here. The purpose of this project is not to use other poet's poetry to jump start your own poems.

Again, please use only the lines offered by other poets. Or, in this week's project, the full lines of "famous" poets. (Of course, fame is subjective!).

I am anxious to see what everyone's favorite poem is. Have fun, and be sure to credit your many muses! (I always want to write "Be sure to drink your ovaltine" when I start that sentence. Anyone seen The Christmas Story?)