Go Down, Moses 18/8 a random poem

Go Down, Moses 18/8 a random poem

and the Uncle

him clear ran the

got the stick

Afterward, own a to

behind always

Uncle the it, him

could first a right


just and him.

Buck fell one for here

Buck on the wasn’t

out him been

I think I have stumbled onto a new form of poetry, inspired by Modern & Contemporary American Poetry
by Al Filreis, generally, and the “chance” poetry discussion especially:

Take one of your favorite books (I am starting with Go Down, Moses, by Faulkner) then I had planed on taking three dice and rolling them to determine page number. I am not sure if I should give each die a place number (ones, tens or hundreds). And if I did, seems that would limit my page selections to pages past 100, or I could total them, or what the heck, I could just thumb through until I get to a page that strikes my fancy. Next, I roll one or two dice and use that number to select the word pattern. But the I get into an issue, should I rigidly follow that pattern? Should I roll between every word? And then especially with Faulkner, the “N” word is always a clear and present threat to pop up in your poem. In a Faulkner novel written in 1940, it is one thing, but for a white guy in 2014 to be randomly dropping that kind of thing into a “poem” might be more controversial than even I care to be.

Or does it matter? Should I a grab a good word when it comes by, reject an unsuitable one, or just say what the hell and roll with it?

I started with Was, page 18, and my random selection is the number 8, so I used every 8th word

Seems I ended up skipping every interesting word on the page!

Go Down, moses 18 8


About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins

https://www.goodreads.com/AnthonyUplandpoetWatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorI... genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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