Wow, I am really not good at poetry — writing or understanding it except maybe in picture form. Like, “wow, that sunrise was pure poetry.” See, I get that.
But this Writing 201: Poetry thing is really throwing me for a loop. Here we are on
Day 7 Day 8 and I’m still working out days 2 through 6 7.
There are three poetry-y components to think about for every assignment. For day 6 of Writing 201: Poetry it’s “Faces, Found Poetry, Chiasmus.”
I’m a beginner here. I think my speed is set to one. I’m still trying to work out what “Chiasmus” means when, all of a sudden, we’re on the next assignment. Now I gotta figure out five new things and fold the laundry in the same day.
A.) Christmas for Chia pets.
B.) Chalupa, a yummy food (topped with sprouted chia seeds?).
C.) Another word for Chupacabra, a scary animal in Latin America that sucks goats.
D.) An inverted relationship between the syntactic elements of parallel phrases, an inverted crossing.
Haiku is my speed. I know what syllables and lines of text are. Yay! But I think I ignored the “alliteration” part of the Haiku assignment. My brain just skipped right over that. I kind of know what alliteration is. I had that in school back in the day. So maybe a little alliteration got into my haiku but it was purely my subconscious brain making itself heard. I think I alliterate by accident a lot.
So maybe going forward with these assignments I can just skip parts of the assignment when my brain wanders off. That is my current plan. Otherwise I’ll be stuck forever in a poetry world that exists only of haiku. (Which isn’t exactly the worst place to be. I like haiku. But I should venture out more.)
Here’s something for Day 6 which involves “found” poetry. It seems a lot easier to just find poetry stuff than to start from scratch. I find unexpected things all the time— sometimes in the laundry.
So I’m just going to Google “face laundry” (as in I can’t face laundry right now), and then I’ll find a poem and maybe eat a Chalupa for lunch. That counts, right?
Dang, “Skin Laundry,” shows up in the first and second spot of my search. What the heck is skin laundry? Do I want to know? I’m just going to use the first few lines of each search result (more or less). OK, then. Here’s my poem.
Skin laundry. Nearest laundry. Skin laundry stamp. Find a laundry near you.
Shop. Skin laundry.
I tried skin laundry, the “drybar of skincare.”
Express beauty service: Sure, it’s fast, but are the results long-lasting …
Chinese laundry women’s face off bootie: shoes.
New ‘skin laundry’ clinic wants to dry-clean your face.
Chinese laundry face off.
Face laundry, laundry your face.
(The last line is my chiasmus. I think.)