Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Drivin' The Poetry Bus

Next Monday, the 17th of May, I get to grip the wheel of TFE's poetry bus for the day. So I thought I'd better leave what I'm thinking of, out for ye to think of.

"I got down on my knees and smelled the new linoleum..."

Start with that line and see where you go with a poem - this line should give you somewhere to go using longer lines, and that's what I'm interested in seeing you develop, nice long lines: think Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Sinead Morrissey... the Bible

Simples. (I can't make that sucky/squeaky sound those meerkats make...)

You know the drill - leave a comment below if you're contributing and I'll come and look and post your link in my post next Monday - ding, ding, ding!

36 comments:

Totalfeckineejit said...

Nicely one innit peeps. Me mind is all of a whizzbang already. Tangkly B!

BarbaraS said...

Good shtuff, good shtuff :)

Enchanted Oak said...

But the only poem of Ginsberg's that I like is Howl, and how am I going to get a Howler out of lino?
Hmm.
Maybe a nice Psalm. Well, I'll be back.

Pure Fiction said...

Oooooh - vury interesting. I'll be back! . .

Argent said...

Ooh, this is interesting! See ya Monday!

The Bug said...

When I was in college I made my roommate give me a line every day so I could write a poem for my creative writing class. One of the lines she gave me spawned a poem that won a prize! It was a one off - I pretty much stopped REALLY writing after college.

Can't wait to see what I come up with using this line!

BarbaraS said...

EO, that's half the challenge, isn't it? I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)

In fact, I look forward to seeing all the poems... *rubs hands together briskly*

Mojo said...

Strangely compelling...

But I don't think I want to know where this prompt came from. Oh bollocks. Yes, I do, I do! Any chance you're gonna favor us?

NanU said...

mHmmmm.
methinks this one requires a couple of beers first...

Poetikat said...

Oh Lordy! This is the sort of thing I cannot resist. I'll just let that line toddle around inside my brain for a few restless nights and then God only knows what will happen.

We don't go in much for lino over here, so that means a bit of a trip back in time for a start.

(*rubbing hands eagerly*)

Kat

Dick said...

Lino, eh? Now formica I might have managed...

Kay McKenzie Cooke. said...

I just CANNOT resist a poem with the word 'linoleum' in it ... 'linoleum' and I go way back ... (I hope I can remember to contribute on Monday).

the watercats said...

ahhhh.. the smell of linoleum!... sure where would ye be goin?!...
:-D

Jeanne Iris said...

Okay Barbara Girl! My poem is up!

http://www.revolutionaryrevelry.blogspot.com

BarbaraS said...

Sounds like I'll have a lot of linking to be doing, well done Jeanne Iris, I will pop that into Monday's post.

Glad to hear the rest of you are intrigued. I will tell you where the line comes from on Monday, of course!

Keep on thinking :)

Dominic Rivron said...

Lino... I'll have a think.

The Bug said...

Ok, I'm done now - and ended up going an entirely different direction than I thought I would. Love it when that happens!

http://danabugseyeview.blogspot.com/2010/05/poetry-bus-dishes-magpie.html

Bill said...

Poem duly posted. (The alter ego asked if I could write this week's as he is up to his eyeballs and I've nothing else to do but sit on an egg):

http://usuallyconfined.blogspot.com/

Peter Goulding said...

Having read none of the above writers, I've gone my own way (sorry!) I suspect my effort is not particularly Ginsberg-esque...
http://stammeringpoet.blogspot.com/2010/05/ticket-for-this-weeks-poetry-bus.html

sunnydunny said...

Ah now, that's it written, and I'll post it on Monday.

Poetikat said...

Barbara, mine is up here: http://hyggedigter.blogspot.com/2010/05/on-down-low-with-barbara-for-poetry-bus.html

Great challenge! Thanks!

Kat

Argent said...

Didn't this used to be the MONDAY Poetry Bus? Oh well, mine's here.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Beebo. I'm on the bus but not the wagon. target="-blank"> HERE

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

mine is up

NanU said...

I'm in! http://sciencegirltraveler.blogspot.com/2010/05/ineffable-scent-of-linoleum.html

Titus said...

I'm all aboard, Barbara.
Here: http://titusthedog.blogspot.com/2010/05/barbaras-bus-lino-cut.html

Emerging Writer said...

I'm on board http://emergingwriter.blogspot.com/2010/05/im-on-barbaras-poetry-bus.html

sunnydunny said...

Dhould have posted the poem yesterday. Just had a PC crash - nearly a fire - so may have lost it. Will know tomorrow.

evalinn said...

Very interesting, this was quite a challenge. Mine will be up tomorrow morning! Thanks for the inspiration.

Rachel Fox said...

I didn't think I'd make it, B, but here I am. Couldn't keep away, it seems.
x

Niamh B said...

on board now, ding ding!

BarbaraS said...

Good to see all these responses coming in - whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, as an old boss of mine used to say.

Sandra Leigh said...

Then there are those of us who don't even find the assignment until the night before it's due. Okay, I'll try to dream of linoleum tonight (or try not to dream of linoleum. It works for elephants, right?)

Enchanted Oak said...

I'm up belting myself in.
The Red Floor

Pure Fiction said...

Done! Nice driving. I'm here
www.fictionalfictionwriter.blogspot.com

Sandra Leigh said...

Oh, dear. I tried. Something happened, though. My poem turned into a story - or the beginning of one, at any rate. I do apologize. (It's got long lines, though!) ;>)