Apr '14 29

Boo. Photo by Robert Rath from Robert's website.

I set two rules for today's poem.

Last year I used an anagram generator on my name to write a poem on 27 April for NaPoWriMo 2013.

I decided to use the anagram generator again, but this time I plugged in the question 'What will I write about today'. After crashing the server a few times I applied some rules (minimum of two letters) and it spat out 1,608 words.

As if that constraint wasn't enough, I then decided that the poem would be acrostic. Each line of the poem starts with the first letter of each word in my original sentence. The result is a sinister little yarn with an apparently bigger backstory.

What will I write about today?

Wily widow hated the willowy bride,
willed her hell; brutally throttled her,
irately buried the rotted body below.
Wary troubled lad blurted the word ‘adultery’,
aware of the threat, he wrote her obituary
to blur the oily blue of hollowed earth.

Posted by Jennifer Liston

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    Poem a day for 22 April 2015: bad to bone or meteor
    Celestial Whirlpool. Photo by Robert Rath from Robert's website. During NaPoWriMo in 2013 and 2014 I wrote poems from a bunch of words after plugging a phrase or sentence into an online anagram generator. I decided it was time for another one.


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  1. Mike H says:

    *Gruesome. Some great gruesome lines.

  2. Jen says:

    *Thanks Mike! Gotta love a gargle of gruesome sometimes. ;-) One to go, hurrah!

  3. Alison says:

    *Amazing! You're the Christian Bok of Adelaide.

  4. Robert says:

    *Wonderful though mortified! ;-) xo

  5. Jen says:

    *Hahaha I don't know about that Alison, but thank you for that 'eunoic' (?) thought anyway! xo

  6. Jen says:

    *Yes Robert, definitely mortified! :-)

  7. rob says:

    *Onscreen Rifles Jive.
    Forensic Jeers Liven.
    Jennifer is so clever…

  8. Jen says:

    *...ball or bark, all a lark, all workable, cool Rob Walker...;-)

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