Katie's Word 'Harvesting' Poetry Contest

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Allow me to present a new, exciting contest for all writers looking to practice their skills!

My English teacher recently introduced me to a fun writing exercise to hone vocabulary skills and develop individual taste in word choice. Plus, it’s really easy and interesting.

The steps to creating a poem with words you ‘harvest’ from a poem are as follows:



1. Choose a poem, novel, newspaper article or any other discourse you particularly enjoy.

2. Read through it, and highlight/select any words that particularly appeal to you.

3. Write all of the words you have down, in the order you chose them.

4. Format the words into lines, separate stanzas, indent and punctuate as desired.

5. Conjugate verbs or add articles/pronouns as needed.

6. Title your new work, and be sure to cite the source for your harvested words!

It’s as simple as that.

Below, is my poem “The Curse” harvested from E. E. Cummings “this is the garden:colours come and go” and step by step instructions on 'harvesting.'

Submitted: December 19, 2009

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Submitted: December 19, 2009

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Katie’s Word ‘Harvesting’ Contest Sample

Original Poem (Step 1):

this is the garden:colours come and go

e. e. cummings

 

this is the garden:colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night's outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
This is the garden:pursed lips do blow
upon cool flutes within wide glooms,and sing
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.

This is the garden. Time shall surely reap
and on Death's blade lie many a flower curled,
in other lands where other songs be sung;
yet stand They here enraptured,as among
The slow deep trees perpetual of sleep
some silver-fingered fountain steals the world.

 

Highlighting (Step 2):

 

this is the garden:colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night's outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
This is the garden:pursed lips do blow
upon cool flutes within wide glooms,and sing
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.

This is the garden. Time shall surely reap
and on Death's blade lie many a flower curled,
in other lands where other songs be sung;
yet stand They here enraptured,as among
The slow deep trees perpetual of sleep
some silver-fingered fountain steals the world.

 

 

Word bank (Step 3):

 

this

garden

frail

from

strong

lingering

like

pursed

cool

glooms

quivering

invisible

garden

reap

blade

lie

curled

slow

deep

perpetual

sleep

steals

world

 

Structuring (Step 4):

 

This garden frail from strong

Lingering like pursed cool glooms

Quivering invisible

garden

 

Blade reap flower

 

Lie curled

Slow deep perpetual sleep

 

Steals world

 

Editing (Step 5):

 

May this garden grow frail from strong.

Lingering, like pursed cool glooms

 Who quiver –invisible.

  A silent garden.

 

And may my blade reap thy flowers.

 

Till they lie curled

In slow deep, perpetual sleep,

 

And I steal thy world.

FINAL POEM (Step 6):

The Curse by Katie Gurtis, harvested from "this is the garden:colours come and go" by E. E. Cummings

May this garden grow frail from strong.

Lingering, like pursed cool glooms

Who quiver –invisible.

  A silent garden.

 

And may my blade reap thy flowers.

 

Till they lie curled

In slow deep, perpetual sleep,

 

And I steal thy world.

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See how it works?

 

Your challenge is to create this type of a poem, and leave your poem in a comment here on this thread. The only necessary parts for your entry post are: the original poem, and your poem created with the harvested words.

 

The winner of the contest will be announced on February 1, 2010. That special winner will receive my praise and I will comment/criticize a few of their pieces. The same reward will go to all poems I find particularly impressive, regardless.

Good luck to all!

-Katie


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