The Skinny was created by Truth Thomas in the literary crucible of the Tony Medina Poetry Workshop at Howard University.
A Skinny is a short poem in eleven lines.
The first and eleventh lines can be any length. All the others are just one word.
The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (but not necessarily in the same order).
The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.
Truth has built a blog where she published the form
I find the form fascinating.
My favourite is “Fall” by Shloka Shankar
And here's mine, in English and some sort of translation in French.
Have also some celebratory sunrise:
You guys remember that I am making cocktails out of Middlesex this month (to the tune of one a day)?
You can read my concoctions HERE.
But this is not what I am posting about.
Apparently the poet who had opted to work with Edwin O’Connor’s "The Edge of Sadness" had to drop out of the project and the editor is offering one page of the book a day to play with.
SO WHY DON'T YOU?
Here's mine for today:
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN.
Interesting that I can't work with erasure on my chosen book (there are just too many clamouring to be chosen) but give me just one page?
(and Bob is my uncle. No, really. He is. Though nobody would ever think of calling him anything else than Robert.)
Official page is HERE
(for some reason the embed code provided on that site did not work)
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is my chosen/assigned book.
Come april, I shall remix it 30 times (once per day), extracting found poetry from its pages.
I can hardly wait.
Many thanks to The Found Poetry Review for inviting me to participate.
Which I took it to mean that it must be available for sale.
And it is!
The link at the Found Poetry review does not work but this lovely item can be found at Amazon.
This is for pure paper fetishists: No electronic version seem to be available thus far.
Do consider purchasing a copy: from what I have seen in the galleys, this is a very nice book indeed.
The issue will later be available for sale from Amazon but, in the meantime, you can whet your appetite with the list of content HERE.
The poem features tweets from:
Have a found mermaid too:
Found in Paris
Let's see. A bit longer than that actually:
On the 14th July last year, there was a tweet from Amanda Palmer mentioning that Neil Gaiman had fed her some answers over breakfast.
My mind immediately pounced on the image and much nonsense ensued. A poem was created but for some reason I thought that this one would never get published.
Which just proves how much I know about what gets published or not.
A Few Lines Magazine has just published its Volume I, issue IV and it has taken "Adrift" on board.
(You can access it also via the Magazine's Blog)
With many thanks to
And it seems it doesn't exist as a physical thing. Which would explains a lot.
So I guess I shall have to enter the Goodreads giveaway for eBook versions... (although I am pretty sure Joanne sent electronic files to the contributors, I'd just have to dig it out).
And here I would have posted a picture of a Lisa Snellings poppet on top or near the book, but be it as it may...
Thank goodness I have stones marking each day!
Pizza still hot from the oven.
Inhaling warm flour dust – gluten junkie.
New fountain pen gliding on smooth paper
The infinite pleasure of forming letters by hand.
Learning the joy of “a” all over.
A concert for lunch
Some unseen bird playing the kazoo.
Watching clouds race across the blue
Painting figures all the way
Living pictures nearly devoid of drama.
The cicadas spread their wings
Their song adding a layer of heat-driven gravity to the world.
Each catching whatever light is on offer
Each a little lamp shining upon the world.
Caramel bubbling away on the stove
Warm buttery scent
Most of the pleasure is anticipation
Catching ink in tiny waves
The watercolour sky becoming a sea.
A living fur coat wrapped across my lap
Taken by her purring rhythm
I dare not tell her that it is warm out.
A River of Stones - July 2011 edition - is finished but do not forget to keep on looking for beauty in the details.
That's not always were the devil is hiding.
This is to let those of you who have ordered signed copies of "On Cloud 285" that they have finally shipped (the signature pages got waylaid on their way from the US to me - hence the delay). Thanks for buying a copy!
And for those who have not ordered their copy yet, you can still do so from Folded Word.
Or you could read Rainbow Dream from A Handful of Stones.
Which reminds me I am taking part to the July session of A River of Stones. I shall publish stones here weekly.