First thing I like about this page: its title. It sounds like Maiden, but is actually referencing the readymades of Marcel Duchamp — one of my favorite artists (there are a lot of favorite artists, but he really is up there) — whose intention was to get away from himself.
Call it a little game between ‘I’ and ‘me’
— from Duchamp: A Biography.
Second thing I like about this page: The oddly girly-feel, or maybe the Maiden feel, or maybe the old Maid feel. Like wallpaper samples and sweetness.
Third thing I like about this page: The do-it-yourself approach to poetry. It is a mix and match page and the poem, which appears one word at a time in the circles, can be read in any order (as long as you are willing to contribute your own punctuation from time to time).
READYMADE PROMPT : deconstructed sestina
- Create a viewfinder, such as above. (Just a construction paper rectangle.)
- Use the viewfinder to find a bit of image in a magazine that you feel inspired by.
- Mark and cut out the image. This is your title image.
- Now that you have the image, find the title. Use the same viewfinder, but this time, isolate words instead. (You may want to save this step for last; it is up to you.)
- Now your major job is to create a poem which can be read in any order. I would not use more than six words.
Here is one example by Lloyd Shwartz: Six Words
And another, really lovely one, by Ciara Shuttleworth: Sestina
- (Good luck. This is hard. Don’t be impossible on yourself.)
- It is only six words, right? So, excavate those words from a magazine and place them on your page however you like. You might want to use a background for each word or nothing at all. You may want to create the words ransom-style.
- Since the words can be read in any order, do consider their placement.
- At this point, the project is yours. Change it and play with it as you like.
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