Thursday, March 28, 2013

Exciting news!

Happy Thursday, friends. ♥

April is nearly here, and I know that many of us will be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Are you ready? I am—sort of. ☺ I'm looking forward to your posts. April is always a fun time in the blogosphere!

And now for my exciting news: April is also National Poetry Month, and I'm one of eighty-five poets chosen to participate in the Pulitzer Remix project, which is sponsored by The Found Poetry Review. We will be creating found poetry from the eighty-five Pulitzer-Prize winning works of fiction, and we'll each be posting one poem per day on the Pulitzer Remix site. By the end of the month, we'll have created more than 2,500 poems!

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, found poetry (as defined by POETS.org) is "the literary equivalent of a collage. Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems." I've been experimenting with this kind of poetry for about a year, so I'm especially excited to have this opportunity. My source text will be John Updike's Rabbit is Rich, and I've chosen to write thirty haiku. I'll include the link to each day's poem in my A to Z posts. I hope you'll stop by. ☺

April is going to be a fun month! How is it looking for you?

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    1. Thanks, Jamie. I'm really looking forward to participating!

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  2. Congrats for being part of that project Dana! It sounds great!
    A to Z is almost here!

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  3. Never been in to poetry but I will read yours with interest. 3 days to go for the A-Z now do I have ago?

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    1. Thanks, Bill.

      As far as the A to Z: I think you should!

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  4. Congratulations, Dana! I look forward to reading your poems.

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    1. Thanks! So glad you'll be reading. :)

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  5. hey Dana! I signed up also- looks like fun! Reminds me of my ABC recipes I did in 2010. A recipe every other week. 26 letters equaled every other week. It was fun- so I'm giving it a whirl!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you're giving it a try! Are you going to have a theme?

      Your recipe posts sound great. ☺

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  6. Dana I really do look forward to reading your poetry. Maybe I can pick up some pointers. Have a great Easter weekend :)

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    1. I'm happy that you're interested in reading it. Thank you. :)

      I hope you have a great holiday as well!

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  7. Congrats Dana. Have fun with the poetry!

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  8. will be fun reading your poetry, happy easter to you and yours

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    1. Thanks. I'm really enjoying this project.

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  10. You are going to be a busy lady this month. Look forward to seeing your entries for both challenges.

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    1. I'm a little nervous—just wondering if I can handle it all. Time will tell, I guess.

      Thanks, Sallie.

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  11. Very very awesome, Dana! Can't wait to read your A to Z AND your poems!

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  12. Congratulations! That is fantastic news. :) Can't wait to read your poems.

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  13. That's awesome news! April is going to be a very busy month!

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    1. It sure is! I'm starting to get a little anxious. :)

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  14. The Blogging A-Z sounds really interesting. I think I'm going to give it a try. Also, thanks for coming to comment on my blog. I almost never get comments and it made my day to see yours. :-)

    Will be back to read some of your found poetry!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you stopped by. :)

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  15. that sounds fabulous. congrats to you Dana.

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  16. Congratulations! I'm very happy for you. I'm really impressed that you'll be constructing haiku from the text of Rabbit is Rich! Can't wait to read some.

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  17. Looking forward for it...My Easter greetings.:)

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    1. Happy Easter to you as well, Murthy!

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  18. That is awesome! Back in my K-2 teaching days. I always made a big deal about Nat'l Poetry Month
    my kiddos each were required to memorize and recite a poem for the class . They could choose their poems and the K's could do simple nursery rhymes. It was always interesting to see what the olders chose - i wove so much poetry into that classroom - i miss thaty part of beng in the classrtoom!

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    1. Thanks!

      I wish more teachers were like you. I think it's important to get children excited about poetry.

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  19. That poetry project sounds like so much fun--congratulations on getting selected to participate!

    I had never heard of the A-Z challenge. I don't think I'm up to daily blogging at this point, but it sure looks like a great challenge. Maybe next year, when I have a little more time to prepare.

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    1. Thanks so much!

      The A to Z is a lot of fun. Last year I wrote each day's post the night before, and I vowed that this year that wouldn't be the case. Well, guess what? LOL Oh, well. I'm crossing my fingers that all goes well. ☺

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  20. I am looking forward to the AtoZ Challenge. I signed up on day 1 giving me plenty of time to look ahead, plan my contributions, blah blah blah. But I am NOT ready. I have some ideas, but I do feel a bit like I'm scrambling.

    Your poetry challenge also sounds interesting. When I taught in high school, my poetry unit included writing poetry. One of the poems sounds like your remix project: students cut out newspaper headlines and arranged them into a "poem." It's a simple idea, but amazing poems resulted.

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    1. I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who's not exactly ready. I'm a little less frantic now. :)

      Yes, that's one way of creating found poetry. I've read some gorgeous poems written that way! For this project, I've been going through Updike's novel and picking out words and phrases that appeal to me. Then I take a look at my list and see what I can create. It's been a challege to write haiku. So many think it's an easy form, but it's really not. I've been having a blast, though, and hopefully have written at least a few poems that others will enjoy. ☺

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  21. This must be so exciting for you. First, I love the book video....made me smile. Also, I just recently tried my hand at some Found Poetry.....it's so much fun.

    I am combing the A to Z challenge with another from NaPoWriMo....ugh! So....I'm excited by frighten that I won't produce anything worthy.....

    I'm happy to have found your blog....can't wait to read more.

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    1. Welcome!

      Found poetry is wonderful! The project has been just great. I'm enjoying it so much!

      It's hard working on two challenges at once, isn't it? Good luck with your poetry project! Are you writing a poem a day?

      Thanks for the follow. I'm heading over to your blog now. ☺

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