Friday, October 4, 2013

Sorted Book Poetry


Walk on the ledge
to the lighthouse.
Chant
a circle of quiet.
The other wind
echoes
the sum of our days.


Samuel Peralta has at dVerse Poets Pub has challenged us to find hidden poetry.  Using book titles select and group them so the titles can be read in sequence.  This is also called sorted-book poetry.  It brings an entirely new meaning to the phrase "poetry books!"  Click on the link and check it out for yourself.

52 comments:

  1. the other wind echoes the sum of our days... what a great feel and image this has... and the lighthouse...i love lighthouses.. maybe one day i will live in one...smiles

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    1. Thanks Claudia! I'd love to visit you in your lighthouse...when you get there!

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  2. Quite the echo indeed, as you use each read

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  3. Very elegant, Mary, and a wonderful poem in its own right, as well as a collection of titles.

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  4. The other wind echoes the sum of our days . . . . what a great combination, love the feel of this.

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  5. Very nice writing. One would never have guess your poem came from titles.

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  6. This has a lovely meditative quality.

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  7. This is lovely, Mary, and I'm another who wouldn't have guessed it came from titles. So many of my favourite poets are doing these sorted-book poems that I've abandoned today's household project and am going through my bookcases looking for words that can be read in sequence. It is definitely not easy to do with books heavy on the mystery genre.
    K

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    1. Thank you Kay! I'm going over to your blog now to look for your sorted poem!

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  8. This was great poetry... especially the last three lines

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  9. wow...this has a really haunting spirit kinda feel...almost druidic or witchy...which lets that other wind feel kinda creepy..ha....

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  10. Without the photo, I would never have suspected the origins of this poem, Mary. It's beautiful.

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  11. Wonderfully done. I had just donated many books and had few to choose.

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    1. Oh, you still came up with a great one Gail. And thank you!

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  12. Soft and absolutely lovely, sis. Beautiful stacking.

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  13. This is beautifully done ~ You could have written them yourself ~

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  14. This is brilliant, Mary. I especially like the ending.

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  15. Bravo Mary!
    And you also had the lighthouse book ;D

    I love yours, yes so fun!

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    1. I just adore Virginia Woolf! Thanks Ella. :o)

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  16. The other wind/echoes/the sum of our days. Love it! Thank you.

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  17. I liked the conciseness and peaceful feel of this lighthouse poem.

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  18. This is lovely, Mary, getting better and better as it moves along. Thanks. k.

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  19. "Chant a circle of quiet." ooh I like that! I agree the whole thing is brilliant work.

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  20. We all are in search of our light house

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  21. Damn, this is very, very good. I have all of these books in my library, so not only is this a poem I wish I'd written, this is a poem I actually could have written! Bravo!

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  22. Thank you so much Samuel! It was such a cool prompt!

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  23. Honestly... light houses really do have something "spiritual" about them. This poem illustrates with words, but also would be a wonderful painting. I am trying to get my daughter to sketch/watercolor a few poems I particularly like and hope to high light them on my blog in the near future. I am going to book mark this one and see if she is "inspired". If you mind, let me know. Otherwise, if she does it, I will let you know. :)

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    1. Thank you Margaret! I would be interested in seeing what your daughter does with this if she finds it of interest.

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