The Passage


Only the sea keeps
crossing the chasm

Inside the tornado,
gravity,
the conjuror’s bird
glimpses
the possible past:

the hundred secret senses,
the gates of exquisite view


41 comments:

  1. This is a sorted-book, or spine, poem, assembled from the titles of books in my library. As such, it may be looked at as a cento of book titles, or a 'found' poem.

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  2. Very well done Sam.
    Wish I could take part but books and camera hidden/lost under dust sheets as I (procrastinate as I) decorate this room...
    Anna :o]

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  3. What a wonderful collection of book... and I knew I would find a great poem here. Love how the bird glimpses the possible past...

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  4. "the possible past"! That brought tears. Perhaps I am looking in the wrong direction for the "exquisite view," tho' I do ok. I've got to expand my reading! Thank you, Sam.

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  5. oh nice...i like the glimpses of a possible past...and the hundred secret senses......quite evocative for a spine poetry sam.....very cool...and some fresh books i have yet to read...smiles.

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  6. the hundred secret senses,
    the gates of exquisite view...oh i like the mystery in this... makes me curious to read those books...oy..this was a tough challenge for me as i really have not many english books on my shelf..but somehwow managed...smiles

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  7. I enjoyed your prompt a lot, Sam; and I like your poem. I especially like the very last stanza.

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  8. A great illustrative poem, Sam; really leads the way. Enjoyed the process you used to come up with the prompt; synchronicity at work, poetry from spines; a terrific use of found poetics; thanks.

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  9. Very clever combination Sam! I like the tone of your poem. Thanks for this great prompt.

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  10. This prompt was so much fun. Your found poem - The Passage - is really exquisite. Great bunch of book titles, which translates into a really stunning poem!

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  11. This is beautifully and poetically rendered. Thanks so much for an inspiring prompt!

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  12. Interesting challenge Sam ~ The verses are beautifully arranged, you could have written them yourself ~ ~

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  13. Love this! So well done.

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  14. Very nice combination of words--the hundred secret senses sounds like an interesting read!

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  15. Love the sounds of the words. A touch of melancholy, a bit of mystery. Very well done.

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  16. Just beautiful. I shared it on my blog - I hope you don't mind?! I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge - was it a challenge? It was a pleasure...

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  17. Beautifully arranged titles..enjoyed the creative prompt..

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  18. Storms and seas, really thought out.

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  19. I see that conjurer's bird, twisting and turning, flapping and stirring in the center of the tornado! This was much harder than I thought... and I made a mess of my nicely arranged book cases. By the way, you have nice built-ins!

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  20. This is beautiful and carries a message that sweeps throughout your verse! I love this challenge-thank you :D

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  21. An interesting challenge this was! so much said in titles coming to form verses here. ...glimpses the possible past....loved tht

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  22. All thanks to this title, and the content you gave it.... I like your poem

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  23. I think some of the best poems come out of these prompts. Yours being one of them.

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  24. I greatly enjoyed finding the poem from this prompt. Yours is lovely and lyrical as it fit together.

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  25. I love the tone of this poem, Sam; as has been said, you could almost have written the lines yourself.

    For a moment there I thought you had snuck one of your own books in - but then I saw on Amazon (other booksellers probably pay more tax) that Glimpses is by Jesus T. Peralta ... smiles.

    Thanks for a fun prompt; I have three of these now. Perhaps my creative block has had a bit chipped away.

    And in other news, I plan to take my creative writing group to a library so they can have a go at this ... smiles.

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  26. The titles blend so beautifully that I'd never have guessed how they had come to be formed.

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  27. This just flows so beautifully. Especially love the close. Thanks for this exercise in FFA Sam!

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  28. What a wonderful "find"! and a fun writing prompt too!

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  29. Great flow,
    wonderful choices.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Peace
    Siggi

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  30. How lovely the choices came together to feel like a passage, a transition between two planes. I rather liked these three
    "the conjuror’s bird
    glimpses
    the possible past:"

    Lovely, Sam.

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  31. you conjure well, Sam ~ M

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  32. A very cool poem, Sam--getting the verb is hard! Well done with that especially. (That's a joke, but something I found.) This has a super mystical/mysterious feel that so well suits its subject. Thanks. k.

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  33. Effortless flow!

    I've wanted to try this form for quite awhile but kept putting it off -- thank you for the prompting!!

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  34. I'm drawn to how "only the sea" sets up the question of possibilities for the subsequent stanzas. And ditto manicdaily about the finding of verbs -- I hadn't realized how thing-oriented most titles are. (I didn't write a spine poem in time, but this week will have one -- it was a great prompt.)

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  35. Beautiful poem, I love the flow of this....thank you for such a great prompt :)

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  36. I love your book spine poem - The Passage, and thus was inspired to 'assemble' one myself from books in my room (as I was too lazy to go downstairs?)…

    I always love your prompts Samuel. I have been busy lately, and I miss being here.

    I posted late - hope you get to see it.

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  37. I'm determined to visit all the links as this is such an interesting fun challenge! I have my two oldest "home" from college and they return Tuesday. You were curious about my son's "found poem"... and I found another shorty that tickled my funny bone at the used book store. It can be found here http://margaretbednar365.blogspot.com/2013/10/with-love-men.html

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  38. Very well done of course.

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