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Readymades (poems)

July 14, 2018

What are readymades? They are poems hiding in the prose of others. With a few touchups they make great poems too!


One is reminded
of the words of the poet
which I have forgotten
at the moment.
– P. G. Wodehouse from “Bachelors Anonymous.”

To be read?
Nay not so! …
Rather to be thumbed,
to be cooed over,
to be dogs eared,
to be rumpled
to be kissed by
the illiterate
dimpled, darlings!
(From Lewis Carroll intro to Alice)

Truly all things
have not been revealed.
But by long seeking
mortals make progress.
(Retelling of a phrase by Xenophanes of Colophon.)

Multiple levels
of consequences
– BBC Reporter.

The shadows grow
as darkness falls
– Glamorous Temptation TV Drama.

The sheer ecstasy
of existence.
– Charles Ephraim Burchfield.

Buzzing polinators!
– Science Daily article on Bees.

Waves erase
my footsteps.
– Glamorous Temptations, Korean TV, Final Ep.

I love being a writer
(but) what I can’t stand
is (all) the paperwork!
– Peter de Vries

What’s a …. READY MADE (in poetry)

August 23, 2014

It’s a poem found in the prose of other writers. It’s a passage so good, that it deserves to be highlighted and given it’s own space.

on the sharp part
of a knife
– Hung Tzu-ch’eng

you can
play in the yard
but don’t
climb over the fence
– source unknown

sub atomic jitter bug
– Timothy Ferris, “The Whole Shebang”

Heads Up Penny!
– from the Zine title

you smile
I smile
– from the Justin Bieber Song

She may awaken
at any moment
– Beverly Gray’s Assignment” Clair Blank

It became for him a playground and cathedral
-“Shreda Vastar” , Saki

Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
– “And I Love Her” , Lennon, McCartney

Sounds like dancing milk
– Myspace listing for Downbeaties

History takes forever
– SNL skit dialogue

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