April 10th, 2009


Joy, Pain, Sunshine and Rain

I have been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture. The next on my list was the 1965 winner, The Sound of Music, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. This was actually the third time I've seen the movie, and I watched the 40th anniversary restored version.

The Sound of Music is a classic movie musical based on the true story of the Von Trapps, an unconventional family in Austria on the cusp of World War II. The film contains some of the best-known musical moments in movie history and deserves its reputation as a timeless classic.

The other competitors that year were Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Ship of Fools and A Thousand Clowns.

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reading, creative

NaPoWriMo: Day 10

I am participating in National Poetry Writing Month, where the goal is to write one poem a day for 30 days. During the month of April, I will be using the writing prompts at ReadWritePoem.org and posting the results.

Day ten prompt (thrift store)

My sister loves to comb thrift stores looking for just the right object. She never knows what that object will be until she finds it. Sometimes she takes a photograph, and other times she buys said object and hangs it on the wall of her home, or she paints it and turns it in to something else.

The same can be done with text you come across in your reading. The challenge today is to find a passage of text, preferably from an out-of-print book, and turn it into a poem. This process is appropriately called a found poem. The Academy of American Poets has a great article about the history of the found poem, with links to examples by TS Eliot and Charles Reznikoff.

The basic strategy is to find a passage of prose, keep it exactly like you find it, but change the line breaks strategically to call emphasis to the aspects of the passage you find poetic.

One place to find these passages is on Google Books. You can search for a topic that interests you, and then you will see the words highlighted in yellow in the different pdf versions Google Books has available. Just make sure you write a note at the end of your poem crediting your source. Sharing where you found the idea for the poem is part of what makes the found poem unique.

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Pimpage for the Kween

Some of you might remember mermaidkween as one of the contestants in Season 5 of therealljidol. Well, she and her partners just launched Vicious Trollop Magazine, which according to their mission statement, hopes "to fill the gap between Bitch and Perez Hilton. Vicious Trollop is an online magazine featuring pop culture, lifestyle, and entertainment content for smart women looking for equally smart writing."

I, for one, love Bitch for its post-modern feminist approach, and I am a subscriber to the similarly-minded Bust. I perused the initial offerings at Vicious Trollop and discovered an interesting blend of articles and opinion. I'm looking forward to seeing what Tiffany and her partners do with this magazine. Check it out!