Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Document of Discussion



Fats Domino or Little Richard. Photo copyrighted, Isadora Gruye photography. 


Greetings Garden Dwellers!
Izy here, back to inspire (?) another round of poems for week two of National Poetry Writing Month.   Though the weather here on the North Plain still feels like winter (and more snow on the way), Spring arrived weeks ago, and we are well on our way to summer.  With time ticking away ever so quickly, I won't waste a moment of your time and cut right to today's prompt.


The Document of Discussion
In my former role as a manager, there were times when, for very legal reasons, I would need to document discussions held with my team members (usually in the case of a termination or lawful breach of company policy).  These were factual word for word accounts of what was said to the team member and what their responses were to the discussion.

In essence = no fun.

I decided to turn the Document of Discussion into a poem series of my own.  The idea was to take memorable conversations with strangers, friends, family, etc. and memorialize them.  Sometimes I twist the characters or setting to bring more fiction into the world, but the basics remained the same: what was said remains documented.

The Challenge:
For today's prompt, I beckon you to create your own document of discussion.  Think back to the conversation you had yesterday with a stranger while pumping petrol, or think waaaaay back to that snippet of chatter you had with your sister, brother, pet dog.  Summon up those groundbreaking moments of human interaction, make them as fictional or realistic as you like.  It's your document after all.  I have left a few links below to some of my "Document of Discussion" poems to sample if you are unfamiliar with the concept.  So go now, my muddy buddies, and bring us back something shiny and unexpected.

Document of Discussion (2)
Document of Discussion (3)
Document of Discussion (7)



18 comments:

Peggy said...

This was fun Izy and a clever idea. I am not sure mine is really a poem (as opposed to chopped up prose) but I think it fits the prompt anyway.

aprille said...

Definitly a non-poetry day. And there seems to be no form for the letter -j-.
Good to have a break.
Thank you Isadora.

Margaret said...

Very intriguing I read all three and thoroughly enjoyed them. I will ponder and be back.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I've always liked your documents of discussion, Izy. It's like a sneak peak into someone else's world. Not sure if I have the material for it, but I shall ponder a while.

Ella said...

I love the idea of gathering convos for poetry~ It is like an open ended diary ;D Thanks Izy

Margaret said...

Hope I succeeded and you like my twist on it. It is more an observation and a conversation overheard... Pretty much a true story...

Kim Nelson said...

This was fun! Also managed to address MZ's yesterday prompt. A double!

Kay L. Davies said...

I'd been up late, but was finally in bed, almost asleep, when my conversation started to dance around in my head. I told it to go away, but it wouldn't, what with the Queen and Kipling and all, so I had to get up and turn on my computer again. Horrified the dog, but I really enjoyed writing it.
K

Marian said...

i hate the poem i linked and feel a little raw about it, wah.

Hannah said...

Oh, this was fun!! Thank you, Izzy!

Ella said...

I am not happy with my poem, either!
It was painful-but I do like the idea of it: Intuition/Insight

Thanks Izy...I mentioned both you and Kerry on my blog today!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Sorry, I have nothing today. I've worked on three conversations but none has succeeded.

Ellecee said...

Thanks for this challenge, Izy, I thought it was fun,,,taking a fictional route easier than fact of course :-)

Susan said...

I may regret posting this, though it was fun for me . . .

Lolamouse said...

This was great fun and brought back some great memories (if not great poetry!)
I'm recovering from a stomach bug but will be back to read others' when I can stay upright for longer than 5 minutes!

Loredana Donovan said...

Hi Izy, this was fun! I wrote the poem on the train on my way to work this morning, but could only post it tonight. Hope I'm not too late! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

I wrote my poem yesterday, but I don't like very much about it. Still, it is what it is.

Susie Clevenger said...

I had fun with this one. Thanks Izy for the prompt!!