Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The Poetry Bus Challenge!

Keats famously wrote an Ode on a Grecian Urn. Vandal. These days he wouldn't get away with it. I used to live just round the corner -well, about five corners, I think, to be pedantic- from his house, but that's another story. Anyway, to keep to the point. This week's challenge is to write a poem on something. Literally. Here, by way of an example, is my contribution, Ode on a Banana:


And here's another one, which I made earlier. Well, quite a lot earlier, like 12 years. It's called Banana Haiku for Cait Collins. This is a copy. I ate the original:


And I used to live up the road from Freud. Now there's a coincidence. (Readers may have spotted a second challenge here: which street in which city did I used to live in? Employees, relatives and anyone else who knows the answer already are not permitted to enter!)

So, to reiterate: the Poetry Bus Challenge this week is to write a poem on something, literally. Scan or photograph the result and post it. If those options are not available to you, you can simply post the poem and tell us what it's on, but if you can scan/photograph it, please do!

And, of course, when you've finished, please leave a link to your contribution in the comments below and I'll post a list.

38 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am already thinking about it - and have several ideas - I think Post-it notes might come in handy here. As for where you lived - of course I know it was ......... promise I won't give the game away.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Love that Dominic! Great challenge, should be fun this week.

Biro on banana is just the most pleasurable writing method there is.If only paper were so good.

Heather said...

What a great idea - I'll get my thinking cap on. Two challenges this week - I'll have to find out how to create a link.

Titus said...

Dominic, this is madness! And yet... so inspired.
I'll be getting on very early if I do it, as I'm off tomorrow for a while. This lends itself to the immediate response, methinks.

Derrick said...

I shall have to give this great thought! Do we have to wait until next Monday before guessing where you lived?!

Dominic Rivron said...

WG: Post-It notes. There's a thought.

TFE: It is, isn't it? Our bananas often end up with little essays on them.

Heather: Two challenges? Sounds interesting. What's the other?

Titus: Do hope you have time to do it before you go!

Derrick: Yes. A bit of creative googling should reveal the answer, though.

Sandra Leigh said...

I'll start with a guess. Did you live in London?

This is a great challenge. I'm going to enjoy a little adventure in graffiti.

Poet in Residence said...

Dominic,
Sigmund Freud's customers were nearly all bananas. Psychiatry could only have begun in Vienna. When you've lived here for as long as I have you begin to know why. For the bus I'm going to have write something under something. Hope that's OK.
Cheers,
Gwilym

Jeanne Iris said...
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Jeanne Iris said...

Sorry, I left off the 'i' in Austria. Let's try again...

Did you live on Tabor Street in Vienna, Austria?

It's so hot here this week, I'll have to write quickly before my words melt.

Love this prompt, Dominic! Will post it latah!

Dominic Rivron said...

SL: All will be revealed. Graffiti? Don't get yourself nicked if you go out with a spraycan! :)

PiR: Fine. I'm curious.

JI: All will be revealed. Melting words, something that melts... there's a thought... As for leaving the i out of Austria I once knew, funnily enough, someone called Austra.

Dominic Rivron said...

Titus has got in there already! Is this a record?

http://titusthedog.blogspot.com/2010/07/early-early-early-for-bus.html

Titus said...

Blimey Dominic, I was just coming over to tell you! Yes, I managed that in between washing, ironing and packing. See you later, hope it's a good trip.
JoAnne

Poet in Residence said...

Jeanne Iris, No. But I've been in Freud's old rooms. It's a museum these days.

Enchanted Oak said...

I laughed out loud at the comment by My Bus Tickets. What the eff do they think they are posting on? Will they write a poem? Is there a they at that website, or is it an it?
I'm thrilled by your challenge. Will be back later with graffiti.
Cheers!
Chris

Dominic Rivron said...

Titus: Have a good time in Essex. I thought you must have been in such a hurry to go you'd forgotten to tell me, so I posted the link for you.

PiR: Funnily enough, although I lived just up the road from him, I never got round to going into his house.

EO: I know what you mean - sadly others won't as I've deleted the offending comment, which was just a spam advert, I think. I am agog for graffiti!

Karen said...

Hmmm... Interesting challenge! Thinking, thinking.

Poetikat said...

Oh, great fun! I need a kick in the pants like this. I'll get back to you soon.

LOVE your bananagrams.

Sig and Annie lived at 20 Maresfield Gardens in London (Hampstead). A little wiki=bird told me!

Poetikat said...

I'm done. You can find it here: http://hyggedigter.blogspot.com/2010/07/write-on-with-dominic-and-poetry-bus.html

This was fun! Tons of fun!

Kat

The Bug said...

I'm not sure that the POEM is all that fabulous, but I loved the experience of thinking it up & then making it happen. Here's my link: http://danabugseyeview.blogspot.com/2010/07/ode-on-daisy-poetry-bus-edition.html

Thanks for the fun prompt!

Gwei Mui said...

I'm on the bus now - what a crackng idea love it I'm a tad tardy as I see many others already on the bus - hope I can find a window seat!
http://returninghomeinsilkenrobes.blogspot.com/2010/07/poetry-bus-challenge-driven-by-made-out.html

Dave King said...

A fun challenge indeed. I've had a lot of fun, though not entirely succssesful. Have scheduled an effort to appear tomorrow morning, though.
Thanks for your part in this.

Heather said...

I have just posted my contribution Dominic, but apologise for not being able to do the link bit. Love the bananas.

Poet in Residence said...

Dominic,
I can't fit my words on my swizzle stick so I've stuck them at the side :)
best,
gwilym

Poet in Residence said...

Dominic, I see I forgot the link. Here, I hope, it is:
http://poet-in-residence.blogspot.com/2010/07/swizzle-stick-philosophy.html

tony said...

Youve given me an idea!Im just off to Halifax Tesco's to write the novel I always had inside of me..... !

Rachel Fox said...

Here's mine - bit of a cheat...it is the holidays...
x

Helen said...

Hi there! I added a bit of poetry to the bus effort.

http://woonietest.blogspot.com/2010/07/get-on-the-bus.html

Helen said...

My apology ... neglected to tell you how very clever this assignment is and how very clever your Bananagram!

Niamh B said...

am all aboard now dominic, thanks for a fun one!

Enchanted Oak said...

Here it is: My hot ticker
oh, wait, I meant ticket. oh, never mind.

Pure Fiction said...

A bit late, but it is the Monday Poetry Bus!
Really loved this prompt, and if I'd had more time (and more brain cells) would have loved to do dozens of them. Hows about a book of them??

I'm at www.fictionalfictionwriter.blogspot.com

NanU said...

It's Monday and I'm on the bus! Very fun challenge, Dom.
http://sciencegirltraveler.blogspot.com/

NotMaudeGonne said...

Hi. I'm new to this but decided to have a stab at it. So here it is...
http://awakeninginspirationinme.blogspot.com/2010/07/writing-is-tiny.html

Terresa said...

Fabu idea! Love this, every bite of it!! ;)

The Solitary Walker said...

This reminds me of school and English lessons and an essay we were given to write on cheese. My best friend Nick did actually write the whole essay literally on a piece of cheese (I think it was quite a short essay.) I wish I could remember what type of cheese it was - presumably one of the hard ones rather than a cream cheese, blue cheese ot one of the crumbly ones.

Erratic Thoughts said...

Can I hop on?
Please......
*Panting* To catch the bus...

Here is my link:

http://myintuitivemind.blogspot.com/2010/07/poetry-bus-challenge-by-dominic.html

Rinkly Rimes said...

A new idea! Thanks!

http://rinklyrimes.blogspot.com/2010/07/terse-verse.html