For her Out of Standard challenge over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, our tricky friend Izy has come up with her own twist on a style I never knew existed: erasure poetry.
Wikipedia says an erasure poem is created by erasing words from an existing text and framing the result on the page as a poem. The results can be allowed to stand in place, or they can be arranged into lines and/or stanzas.
Our dear Izy, however, specifies “Go to your local news source, be it a newspaper or website and write an erasure poem from a local news story which posted today. Your erasure poem may be as long or short as you would like, but you must adhere to the following rules
- You cannot add text to your poem. All lines must already exist within the news story.
- You cannot change the order of the words or lines. They must appear in the same order which they appeared in the story.”
So, I added a title, but otherwise I adhered like glue to Rule #1 and Rule #2, although I have to say this isn’t from my present local news source, it is from the newspaper with which I grew up, the “Daily Courier” in Kelowna, British Columbia. It is (okay, was) local Kelowna news when it happened, but it did not appear in print today. I did find the story online today, however. It was written last fall by Don Plant. Thanks, Don Plant, whoever you are!
Oh, and the most interesting thing about the Kelowna Daily Courier...fellow Real Toads member Sherry and I both wrote for the Courier in the 1960s, and we're now online buddies, but we still haven't met one another. Yet.
If you see me, call the cops!
Santa statue stolen
from a chocolate shop
“they stole from a charity
it was a lousy thing to do”
Selected by Kay Davies, February 12, 2014