Entitled

Endpoint
Approximately nowhere
No Earthly Estate
November

nearing the end point
of the year, pointless really
feeling approximately nowhere now
your cold body knows no earthly
estate and dust is blown to oblivion
this November


South from Granada
Two women dancing
I can’t stay long

Heat and dust blow South.
From Granada, the fiestas
are on fire and two women
dancing together mesmerise.
I can’t stay – though your guitar
touches such longings


Endpoint ~ John Updike
Approximately Nowhere ~ Michael Hofmann
No Earthly Estate ~ Tom Stack
November ~ Sean O’Brien

South from Granada ~ Gerald Brenan
Two Women Dancing ~ Elizabeth Bartlett
I can’t Stay Long ~ Laurie Lee

Björn ask us to search amongst our book spine titles for some Found Poetry - with and without elaboration. I chose two as the prompt was so enjoyable.

48 Comments on “Entitled

  1. I like the way you laid out your poems, Laura, and added to the titles to make them flow so well, with meaning. I like the play on ‘’endpoint’ and ‘pointless’, and the lines:
    ‘your cold body knows no earthly
    estate and dust is blown to oblivion
    this November’
    made me shiver.
    Then you blasted me with heat from Granada and the lines:
    ‘I can’t stay though your guitar
    touches such longings’.

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  2. You really rocked the prompt, by letting the titles unleash wonderful wordplay. I may have to try it that way the next time we do found poetry.

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  3. This is a beautiful and amazing tapestry of book titles. The second one is my favorite.

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  4. kaykuala

    dust is blown to oblivion
    this November

    Beautifully created Laura! The above may be prophetic of the November US Presidential Elections!

    Hank

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  5. I like the layout. You’ve cleverly chosen titles that have a haiku feel to them, and the fleshed out poem is tremendous, tinged with longing.

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  6. You ran with this. I can hardly see you from the dust you kicked up! Loved the short versions and the reworkings equally.

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  7. I really like the way you laid out the titles to the left and the poems to the right. That is something I want to try. Beautifully done.
    The whole first poem really resonated with me, especially this line, “feeling approximately nowhere now.”

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  8. Well….I loved them both but especially the second, “I can’t stay- though your guitar touches such longings” touched me!

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  9. I like how you used the titles as a base for your own words/thoughts. I particularly love this phrase: “though your guitar
    touches such longings”

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  10. Not being a poet, the only thing I can say is WOW, I really love this!

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    • indeed – at first it seemed too difficult as my library is so small – I tend now to borrow rather than buy books other than non-fiction and poetry of course!

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