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, July 2, 2014

Obscuring the truth with facts: out of standard

"Vodka was used in early recipes for gun powder."  Fact from the Amazing and Interesting Fact Generator.  Photo copyrighted, Isadora Gruye Photography.




Greetings Garden Dwellers!
Welcome back to Out of Standard, where I will set before you a challenge to defy the conventions of a particular theme.  I will call upon you to write out of the standard and find new places in the everyday.  It is in that spirit in which I present July’s challenge...

OBSCURING THE TRUTH WITH FACTS

Today, I am calling all toads to wake from their daydreams (just for a while), and focus on incorporating a little teeny bit of reality into their work.  Facts and trivial bits of information, when incorporated into a poem and bring the truth to further light.  Today your challenge is thus...

Visit The Amazing and Interesting Fact Generator for a factoid, then build a poem around it.  How, when, and why is up to you!  The purpose of the prompt is not to add the fact in randomly, but to think about it and craft some fitting poetry.  

*You may click on the “Hit Me Again” button if your fact is not particularly inspiring, but I find the challenge more rewarding if you take what the almighty folks at Mental Floss give you at first blush.*

**If you would like, you may use more than one fact, but easy now!  Leave some room for poetry**


KEEP IN MIND 
Like every challenge, your poem must by newly written for this challenge and not one which you have previously written which conveniently fits the theme.  

So go now, my muddy buddies, and bring us back something shiny and new.  






11 comments:

Susie Clevenger said...

Great prompt...I am off to press a button once r until :)

cosmos cami said...

So fun!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Hello, dear friends. I apologise for my absence since Sunday. There was a fire which burnt the main telephone cable to my area and we have been without our adsl connection. It is up now but running very slowly so I will try to catch up with all my commentary tomorrow.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Wonderful prompt. There is so much reality filling the world at the moment that we should go poetic on it, indeed... If not, we might explode. And by "we" I mean "me".

sharplittlepencil.com said...

Oops! Mine is not part of a triptych, so sorry I posted wrong name, but correct link... about "Hysterical Women" and "running uteruses"!

Thanks, Iz, for a great prompt and a new site I'll click on time and time again. Amy

manicddaily said...

Izzy, a very charming prompt--I wrote something but didn't feel it was very good! Oh well--it's a cool site, thanks! k.

Hannah said...

Umm...did anyone else get sucked into the vortex of awesome facts??! Well, I did and now my brain is going in at least five different directions. I'm going to sleep on it. Thank you for the challenge Izy...very cool!

Hannah said...

Decided not to sleep on it! ;)

Margaret said...

Why, Izzy, do your prompts always seem to be accompanied by me pulling out my hair? :)

Susan said...

Wow, this may be the hardest poem I have written so far this year. Maybe not, but it took the longest to spin. Thank you for the prompt, Isadora.

Jim said...

A fun challenge, Izzy. Thank you!!

I didn't cheat, I pressed the button and pressed it more times. Then I notice a link on their side bar about my topic. I pressed it and "Voila"!!

Sorry I'm late, I always am (sorry). Really though, I have been pretty busy.
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