poetic journeys: home




peeling and disintegrated
from neglect,
the old neighborhood
down hilly streets
of Cincinnati.
metal awnings
like eyelashes
(with) a note of bitterness *

 A visual found poem.  Text from Coming Home by Julie Kibler.


“POETRY” Invitation: I invite you to write a poem of any poetic form on your own blog about a particular travel destination. Or you can write about travel in general. Concentrate on any intention you set for your poetry.

During this time of isolation and social distancing, please feel free to write poetry about any subject, whether travel-related or not.  I’d love to read and share them here!

One intention for my trip to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2019 was to write four Found poems. Two poems were to be based on books I read to prepare for my trip, and two based on something surprising I found in Illinois and Cincinnati.   One type of found poem is known as Erasure, in which you choose a source and erase away most of the “text” and leave words and/or phrases and/or sentences so that what’s left says something very different from what the original writing said and is art.  The end result should be something different from what the original text said.

*This poem is from page 251 of Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. The rule for erasure poem is that you use the words on the page only, without adding any.  However, when typing out the poem, I took the liberty of adding the word “with” in the last line, as that seems to convey my idea better than without it.

So far I’ve written two Found Poems, one Erasure and one Found.  Both were based on Illinois.  This is my first based a book about Cincinnati.

  1. Found Poem: poetic journeys: lives moving as fast as possible.
  2. Erasure Poem: poetic journeys: let it all, all, all.

You can either set your own poetic intentions, or use one of the prompts I’ve listed on this page: writing prompts: poetry. (This page is a work in process). You can also include photos, of course.

Include the link in the comments below by Thursday, April 30 at 1:00 p.m. EST. When I write my post in response to this challenge on Friday, May 1, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, on the first Friday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!

the ~ wander.essence ~ community

I invite you all to settle in and read a few posts from our wandering community.  I promise, you’ll be inspired. 🙂

Thanks to all of you who wrote poetic posts following intentions you set for yourself.