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Thursday, August 1, 2013

New Day

I'm sorry I'm so late posting today.  Yesterday we had a power outage and I lost my internet connection for 24 hours.  I kept thinking it would come back on, but it didn't. I kept putting off going to the library or Starbucks to get a connection.  So as not to waste time, I spent the day making another batch of prickly pear jelly.  Today I've been busy trying to catch up on the things I should have done yesterday.

I had pictures to show you what our sunrise looked like at 5:30 in the morning.
So here:

And here:

     It really was a beautiful morning.  This got me to thinking about my Sunrise poem, and the fact that yesterday's poem read from left to right, but when you look at a map on paper the East is on the right and the West is on the left.  So I took that poem apart to try running the words in the opposite direction.
    But along the way something happened.  It made me think about two poetry exercises I have learned about in poetry workshops.

   The first exercise I learned from poet Yousef Komunyakaa.  He said that a lot of poets carry their poems on past the point where the poem should be done.  Many is the time I've read a poem and known  what I was reading was really two poems and the poet needed to seperate the two thoughts and write two poems.  Komenyakaa suggested reading the poem from the bottom up and asking yourself if you really need that line.  Eventually you'll reach a point where the natural ending of the poem should fall.  It is his instruction that helps me to make tighter poems with more impact.  His exercise helps me to get down to the essential meaning of my poetry.

  The second exercise is one I know my friend Ruth Moose uses in many of her poetry workshops.  She has students cut apart the lines of their poems and then try to see if there are other ways to patch the lines together.  This changes the order of the lines.

  This is what I was doing with the spine poem when I took the words off the first drawing to have the poem read right to left.  Like Magnetic Poetry, I could easily look at each word and see if it was in the right order.  To see if I had the words in the best order.  And in my playing I tightened the poem.  I think I like the poem better this way.  What do you think?

(original art by Joy Acey, all rights reserved)

If you have trouble reading this from right to left, here is the Sun poem

Rise Up
a new
in the
to rest
in the 

     Your challenge for today is to take one of your old poems and cut it up to see if you can come up with a different poem by rearranging the lines.  Have fun playing with your poems.


  1. Joy,
    Even better now! Terrific application of revision techniques. Next time, could we see the before and after of the poem so we can tell what changes you made. Thanks!

  2. Good idea, Linda. But if you want to see the before poem just back up a day. The poem posted on July 31, SUN was the before poem. Next time I'll try to put the two poems together.