Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weekly Workshop: In The News

Headlines are like little poems...they have to have a big impact in few words, and all the extra fluff must be extricated. Oftentimes, they employ poetic devices such as alliteration, meter, and even rhyme. At their best, they intrigue and stimulate thought, at their worst they offer laugh-out-loud moments. It's evident that they are perfect as jumping-off points for poems. Try some of these:

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Enraged Cow Injures Farmer With Ax
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
Drunk Gets Nine Months In Violin Case
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
Iraqi Head Seeks Arms
Astronaut Takes Blame For Gas In Spacecraft

Or find some from your local paper, before it is no more. Maybe if print journalism fails, poets can keep things going!

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