Sunday, April 26, 2015

the boy

was starting to cough in his lap
with no boy’s knees
he staggered
the pistol in his shoulder
they came to a vanished road
lifted him over nothing
it’s okay he said and picked
and set off
he dropped down
he turned and stood
dropped to his knees and leaves
he wiped gore and mute
in the long cold
down he heard them
there was a cough
so frail and thin
“Pinch an Inch” PoMoSco challenge – use words in a one-inch width of source text.
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road. New York: Picador, 2006. Print.

Friday, April 17, 2015

somewhere touch

me because
near experience never silence beyond fingers
or unclose
which though their have myself
beyond have near cannot 

“Spelling B” PoMoSco challenge – use the Diastic Poem Generator a source text and a seed text to create a response.
Cummings, E. E. "somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond."

Seed Text
"So much depends on a red wheel barrow" from Williams, William Carlos. "The Red Wheelbarrow." 1962.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Philharmonic Qatar

Bulletin board, Learning Resource Center,
LAS Building, Education City, Doha, Qatar.
be part of the event
unlocking human potential
click majlis
for more information
schedule tinkering stages
predictors of blogging
in six Arab countries
“As Advertised” PoMoSco challenge – use found words from a bulletin board to compose a response.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

discomplopulating Bashô's frog

No one 
Along this pond but I,
This frog plop. 
In the plop
No plop can plop
How soon it must frog.
“Haiku Anew” PoMoSco challenge –  discombobulate a haiku poem using the Haiku Discombobulater.
Bashô, Matsuo. "Frog Haiku." Trans. James Kirkup. Berkeley: Bureau of Public Secrets, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

in the universe

in the stories
in the northeast
in the Iliad
in the earth
in the end
in the world
in the life
in the presence
in the underworld
in the form
in the account
in the wild
in the home
in the reign
in the century
in the town
in the fire
"X:Y" PoMoSco challenge – listing syntactic pattern from source text.
Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. New York: Back Bay Books, 1998. Print.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

a hummingbird gathering clouds

“Redacted” PoMoSco challenge – using Remix the Web, redact source web text.
"Native American Mythology." The Hummingbird Website., n.d. Web. 27 Apr 2015.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

public baths

the bath house or hammam was a social
setting for Muslim communities playing an
essentials          the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)
designs décor and ornamentation          under

light and men in the evening and night
it is also customary in many parts of the
community          as an intimate space of interaction
is prepared groomed and adorned in stylized

popularity as arranged marriages in these societies
such as those of North Africa          women who
together regularly to undertake the washing
didn’t just stop at scrubbing and gossip as traditionally
“Roll the Dice” PoMoSco challenge – enumerate lines of a text and use words from lines that correspond with each dice roll to formulate a response. I used two six-sided dice, labeled my text in four groups (from 2-12). While I mixed the lines and deleted punctuation, the words appear in the exact order as they appeared in the source text.
"Public Baths." 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World. Ed. Salim T. S. Al-Hassani. Istanbul: Mega Basim, 2007. 220. Print.

Monday, April 06, 2015

on the pat

i ooutside my hotel room
in Cancun people have gotthings backwards
willfully he circlest he          parcel he’s laid out in
the foyer there is a colds pot
in my head           cheeri er merrier
my war in the dark with myth          oughts
listen          it is laughter coming through the foggy dawn
i found my sunglasses in a strange place          this morning
i said this beer is sow arm          you could something an egg on it
there is a sickness afterwards          sweet pour jacket
my there was something African about the wallpaper
in you’re yes that night          actually being
middle easterners          the new pop
eelected yesterday          if nice guys finish last
one day Ernest Hemingway was writing a novel
in which there was much my students see
history as a single          a poet can’t change
the world i give you          7:39 PM          the fruit drawer is empty
when had she feltt his way before          have you ever followed
a beautiful woman         even her footsteps were sexy
why should this lesson beat your expense
the wind and nott he          baby sprang
up at 4 AM          snow banks are melting         a mother calls
for her son          another time          a mother explains to her child
my knee is not a flower the doms hoist into the pyre
the body and there you are the last pin-up
in your stockings and fur          coat these new holidays
i learned about santa claus          about christ and god
when she is christ’s bride          the carpenter wastes there in the cool night
as thee          ye lash          moon grazes the roof
the daffodil swatched          the dinosaurs die on christmas eve
blessed bet hep          eon-y          vomited from its sepals
even herein          my neighborhood of concrete god says i
enjoy flying          a boy on a hill flew a kite his fat her had given him
a friend of a friend of a friend lived so near a bakery DEA
this stub born this year
Catching up as I haven’t posted for two days. The results of my fifth PoMoSco challenge. “First in Line” –  retaining the original word order, compose a poem using the first lines of another poet’s book.
Hamann, Shannon. Deathdoubledactyl. Ohio: Pavement Saw Press, 2011. Print.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

in the shadow at Starbucks

Photo courtesy of Haya Al-Thani.
i watched like nine episodes
you didn't get to
i'm joking
it comes too fast
i just told them what i wanted
they're like you're so far away
alsalam alaikum
it's very weird
a member of the team
you're so cool
habibi yalla
where's my seat
it's so good
do you have coffee
it's Jawhara
he's like oh yeah yeah yeah
she sent me two dates
you're such a racist
“All Ears” PoMoSco challenge – remixed conversation fragments with the help of to rearrange my lines.
Converstaions pilfered while seated at Starbucks in the Language Arts & Sciences Building in Education City, Doha, Qatar.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

secret passage

secret passage
this scene
dark and cold
until an eyebrow
your past
created me
my long-lost something
we are connected
The results of my fourth PoMoSco challenge. "White Out" - an erasure sonnet variation using correction fluid.
Stevens, Amanda. Secret Passage. Toronto: Harlequin, 2004. Print.

Friday, April 03, 2015

a huge impact

an opportunity to introduce him andIMG_1145
a fun way to interact with other players
a series of activities and programmes
a mascot
a race across a journey so far
more international
a virtual game
in Qatar
a chance to win
a sense of energy
players can compete against each other by running or jumping their way through
his mission to spread
The results of my third PoMoSco challenge. This should have been the second challenge (I was trying to follow the prescribed order, but ran afoul already!) "Shake it Up" - remixed cut-up phrases from my source and photographed the natural-born order.
"Qatar 2015 Launches 'Go Fahed' Game for Smartphones." Q2015 News. Dec. 2014: 26. Print.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Who Needs Twitter?

What about if you shout
At what point does shaming become that type of behavior?
Why isn't someone talking on their cellphone about their sex life, or medical problems - in a bank (while interacting with a teller!), NOT disturbing the peace? And why don't store owners and bank tellers report them?
How simple-minded must one be to care about what people say in Starship Troopers?
Destroyed? How about if you found that you'd been fired, and all of your friends had abandoned you, because of one ill-chosen phrase, wouldn't you think your life had been rather badly damaged?
The results of my second PoMoSco challenge. "Interregator" - remixed questions from my source text.
" 'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs the Pillory When We've Got Twitter." Morning Edition: NPR Books Comments. NPR, 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 1 Apr. 2015

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

who was toppled after “Arab Spring” demonstrations

personnel in the secret U.S. drone war
al Qaeda
Residents and tribal sources
Houthi fighters and allied army units
forces loyal to Hadi
the absent president’s forces
Hadi loyalists in Aden
the Saudi-led coalition
Hadi’s rump government
an interviewer on pan-Arab television
Yemeni foreign minister Riyadh Yasseen
Yemenis under siege
Saudi authorities
southern secessionist fighters trading artillery fire
army units loyal to Saleh
An eyewitness
at least 10 people
a Zaidi Shia minority that ruled a thousand-year kingdom in Yemen until 1962
the ones calling for war
the kingdom’s Shura Council advisory body
humanitarian workers
A Yemeni Red Crescent volunteer
wounded people
The results of my first PoMoSco challenge. "Pick & Mix" - copied words and phrases from my source text.
"Heavy Clashes on Saudi-Yemen border; Hadi Government Pleads for Troops." Gulf Times. Reuters/Aden, 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 31 Mar. 2015