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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Impromptu 23: Theran Shan

Daniel Levin Becker’s prompt causes me to write a poem about Star Wars. His Oulipian prompt, “the petit récapitul portative” is here.

April 23, 2016, Alderaan
Theran Shan

Motivated by the desire
to contain village, farms and woodland,
a mixed urban renewal project,

an intellectual wherewithal,
became a hunting ground for talent,
its formidable top position.

The Old Republic focuses on Shan,
the eldest son of William Tuckey,
who played college football as halfback.


I made some slight changes. I also switched the order to give the poem some coherence. I can see this type of random operation leading to a whole series on nonsensical poems about Theran Shan. Love letters, obsessions, riffs on nostalgic memories of Aldernaan, a centre for arts and culture before its destruction. Thanks to Daniel Levin Becker for the prompt.

Post Script

When writing this at 1am, i didn't notice that the prompt called for a final single line at the end. i don't know what the line is in connection to or how it's supposed to be made, so i just followed the model a bit - ish. 

Play along!

For those of you who are just joining us, 
The Found Poetry Review is celebrating National Poetry Month by offering daily experimental writing prompts from writers. I will be responding to them at poetic whim.

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