Looking to be Creative

I decided to post some leftovers from April’s National Poetry Month. Anyway, I was looking for a form that I’d read about several years ago (like maybe 8 years – time flies when you are having fun) that consisted of taking a word and then writing a poem using only words derived from the letters in the word. The word you choose is the title. I couldn’t find the form or the name. I suppose when you change computers and have to start a bookmark list from scratch that happens. After a mighty search I found it!! An Anagrammatic poem which is made by permuting the fixed array of letters found only in the title into the words used in the poem. I like to play with words and I like poetry and I like puzzles. It seemed like a fun way to make a poem and would also exercise my brain in a way that I don’t often go. So I started this before April was over and then never finished because it really didn’t fit with the challenge I issued or Kim Hawke’s MMPP prompts. It took me several weeks of puttering. I scrapped several attempts and then found inspiration. Now, don’t laugh but I was inspired by my computer screen saver. You see I signed up for this rotating series of photos from nature around the world. The screen always has a little blurb about where and what is being displayed. This one photo was taken in Ireland and showed a stone cairn in the remote hills. It was a beautiful scene with the green hills and an ancient castle ruin in the background. So this made me do some virtual digging. That lead to some pretty fascinating stories of ancient customs (burial, marriage, war) and fable and myth pertaining to creation.

Creation

Reaction
Certain erotica
Tacrine tonic
Nectar octane
Atonic trance
Cornea retina
Ornate ocean
Canoe recon
Trice atone
Cairn rance
Inter crone
Trace ratio
Antic actor
Irate tenor
Canto intro
Otic riot
Core tone
Note rant
Iron coin
Earn cent
Rain tear
One once

53 thoughts on “Looking to be Creative

    1. It was a brain exercise for sure… I remember in school we had “busy work” that consisted of the teacher giving us a word and then we had to find as many words that could be made from that word. I always liked those exercises.

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            1. So are they plain or print?? I love my leggings and have to admit to having purchased 3 more pair yesterday in wild prints – I have a problem. Though I wear them all the time and in the winter I even have some old ones that I sleep in!!

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            2. no as I said we only do plain ones here … the few women with fancy ones that I asked all said they’d been purchased overseas … a corner of the market here someone is missing out on!

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            3. Hmm. Maybe this is an opportunity for you to cash in on the fashions! I just bought a new pair – black background with coral and salmon tiger lilies all over. I can’t wait to wear them!!

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            4. photo please, sounds amazing!
              wonder how much it would cost for you to buy and parcel over … I could get a couple of interesting ones and see if others were interested … a bit of import/export …

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            5. Hmmm. I suppose I could take a couple photos of the ones I have. There are always some at the resale shops but I have no idea what they’ll have on any day and I rarely find 2 of the same pattern!

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            6. how I love diversity!
              In Sydney there were less than a dozen women NOT wearing tights … tall, short, fat, thin, old, young … everyone … it was amazing. So I asked a few but here they only make plain ones, how tedious!

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            7. I’ll take some photos. The leggings come in OS (one size), TC (tall & curvy), and TC2 (really curvy). The comfort really can’t be beat – and they let my inner child have fun!

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            8. Yes! And there is a special way to fold them to maximize the number AND to be able to see all the patterns. I have a little bit of an addiction but if this is my worst then Sparky is fine with it… Besides if a pair of leggings is $25 new and I get them slightly used for $3.50 he says “buy as many as you want”!

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    1. Exactly! It did stretch my brain. I tried several words before I found one with enough letters and diversity to be able to make a poem. It was a real workout! I think I might try it again but not for a while – it was fun but a little exhausting.

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  1. That’s an impressive list of words, a wonderful collage of images and ideas that work well together but could stand alone. Anagrammatic is one of the hardest forms, like trying to write with eight fingers cut off. I’ve done only one of these, a long time ago. Let me see if I can find it. I think I allowed myself unlimited use of the sanctioned letters, which gave me more options than what you had to deal with. Two thumbs up, Muri! πŸ™‚

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    1. Joan, You make me blush! I suppose the difficulty is mostly determined by the word you start with. I’m hoping that your analogy of missing 8 fingers is not the cause of the 2 thumbs up!!

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  2. Wow! I’ve always liked to make different words out of one word. It’s what I do while waiting in a Dr.’s office and bored. When I was little I used to play Anagrams with my Grandma. We used her game. The squares were made of wood and they were black, like little blocks. Each square had a raised letter on it painted yellow. I haven’t seen this same game today. It was fun because we could steal each others words by changing them (but not just adding an s.) That would be too easy. There were 3 letters in the kitty. When it was your turn you drew one. If you couldn’t make a word using the kitty and your one letter, and you couldn’t steal someone else’s words, you had to keep drawing until you could. As I recall there were an awful lot of letters like j and x and z. Sometimes a person would get all consonants or all vowels. If you stole a word you had to use all the letters in the stolen word in your new word. It was fun. I’m not a poet, but I do like words. PS, Do you know of any 4 letter English word that is as versatile as stop? Theres stop, post, pots, tops, opts, and spot. I haven’t been able to think of one.

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    1. Gracia I’m so glad you had the training to be able to write an anagramatic poem!! I wonder if youve ever played the game “Bananas”. It is very much like what you describe or at least you could play it that way since there are lots of letter tiles. I’m not sure if there is another like “stop” but I’m guessing there might be…

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  3. Innovation is always a joy-especially with poetry, for which I am sometimes corrected by the fuddy-duddies. Your work is living proof that there is no true barrier to tinkering with verse.

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