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poetry from the news

August 26, 2009

I love writing from the headlines. In the past when I’ve done this, I’ve immersed myself in the story, often ending up with a persona poem. But this time, the headline turned out to be an opening into a concept/idea I’ll be able to explore further (even if I end up abandoning the device — a headline — that inspired it). I haven’t developed it much yet (I’m traveling again) but will.

The news item that spoke to me this week (I can’t get it out of my mind) is “Three swept out to sea at thunder hole.” Thunder Hole was my favorite ocean spot when I was a kid. I didn’t get there often, maybe once a year, but it’s a very powerful place. A few days ago, a surprisingly large wave snatched a few people off the rocks. Two were rescued. One — a seven-year-old — was killed. My draft is posted here at “i am maureen.” Leave a comment here if you need the password.

  1. August 27, 2009 1:08 am

    I’d love to check it out…

  2. August 27, 2009 1:20 am

    It is password protected so I can’t read it…

  3. August 27, 2009 2:07 am

    😦 Can’t read a thing past your headline, which makes me want to write another poem. LOL

  4. August 27, 2009 9:57 am

    I’d like to read your work, but need a password.

  5. August 27, 2009 10:37 am

    thanks for stopping by, everyone. it’s nice to meet you! passwords sent via email.

  6. August 27, 2009 4:02 pm

    I need password, too.

  7. August 27, 2009 8:34 pm

    Hi Carolee,
    I’d love to read your poem.

  8. August 27, 2009 11:17 pm

    Hi Carolee,

    Password needed…


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