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A dialogue Poem

Office Duties

“Good morning”

“Good Morning”

“How was your weekend? Do anything exciting?”

“I bought a new vacuum cleaner.”

“I went to see a horror movie.”

“How are you really?”

“Fine, how are you?”

“How am I? I’ve been in a rather depressive state for about two months now, but I’m coming out of it.”


“This time next year I’d like to be in the Bahamas.”

“I’d like to finally be accepted by Master Charge.”

“Do you think we’ll keep our sanity?”

“I don’t know. How do people do it?”

“My dear, I sit beside you everyday.”

“Will that be of some consequence?”

“I’ll never see you again after I leave here.”

Okay, now your turn! Write a dialogue poem and share on this blog.

The Found Poem

Exercise from The Creative Process by Carol Burke and Molly Best Tinsley. (This was the textbook I used in my creative writing class at Cathedral City High School). copyright 1993

The Found Poem

“Look through ads, travel brochures, textbooks, the daily paper, and tabloids for a short passage (a few sentences) that might be interpreted in more than one way or that has a few interesting words you might play with. Experiment with line breaks, noticing that as you break a piece of prose into lines you create emphasis, with the greatest emphasis resting automatically on the word at the end of a line.

Notice the obvious linguistic playfulness in this student’s found poem based on a professor’s introductory comments fro an engineering course syllabus:

To the Stud

ent: You are a

bout to ex (a)

mine material

that will cap


and en

gross you.

Take time

to gr

asp the id

eas and con


Make a D

et er

mine D


After all the class

revolves around

just three






and proper


Brett Howe”

Let’s try one and share!