This poem was taken from headlines from the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky on March 2, 2019 and March 6, 2019.
“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.
One of my intentions for my trip to Kentucky in 2019 was as follows:
- Write two Headline Poems. Write two poems taken from headlines of the city papers in Louisville and Lexington.
- To write a Headline Poem, cut out 50+ words and phrases from a city newspaper. The words should most often be individual words cut from larger headlines.
- Spread the words on a large table or the floor and move them around; play with them.
- Read aloud the word combinations you make.
- Glue them to a piece of paper when you decide what form your poem should take. Give it a title.
- At the bottom of the poem, put where the words came from and the date. (from Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises)
I already composed one Headline poem each for Illinois and Louisville, which I also visited on my Midwestern Triangle Road Trip:
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, November 5 at 1:00 p.m. EST. When I write my post in response to this challenge on Friday, November 6, 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!
Very creative, Cathy! Since I live in Lexington, and read the Herald Leader, I find myself wracking my brain to remember what was going on during those dates. Thanks for the smile. 🙂 ~Terri
Thanks so much, Terri. I’m not sure that anything of substance was going on at that time; the headlines were just phrases I pieced together to make it sort of about all the racial conflict that’s been going on in cities all over the U.S. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I was limited with what I had to work with, which wasn’t much. 🙂
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