IMPROMPTU #13: Sennah Yee

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Yee - HeadshotHello! My name is Sennah Yee and I’m delighted to be one of the guides for FPR’s Impromptu challenge. I participated in FPR’s Poetry Month Scouts last year and had a blast!

I first dipped my toes into experimental writing when I took a class in my undergrad called “Recycled Images: From Found Footage to Digital Remix.” One of our assignments was to write a whole essay only using words and phrases from other sources. I had never done anything like it before; I loved it! Following that, one of my first publications was a found poem in Whole Beast Rag; it was a text made up of auto-complete Google search results. Another Google poem I wrote found a cozy home in FPR’s vol. 7!

Since then, I keep a document where I paste snippets and their sources that could be useful for found poems. Usually they’re from celebrity gossip articles, breaking news Twitter updates, Wikipedia, and Craigslist. While my main passion is writing creative non-fiction, my eyes are always peeled for juicy words/phrases for found poems.

Wanderlust

Travel websites have always intrigued me with their language—visual, lush, and sometimes a bit dramatic and naive.

Browse travel websites and write down any words/phrases that interest you: descriptions and/or customer reviews of resorts, landmarks, attractions, hotels, restaurants, etc.

Craft a poem using only these words/phrases. You may arrange them in any way you wish.

Here are some sources to get you started:

TripAdvisor’s Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts

TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Beaches

TripAdvisor Travel Inspiration


Sennah Yee is from Toronto, where she recently completed her thesis on gendered robot design. She is the author of The Aquarium (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and The Gl.a.de (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming). Her work has appeared in Whole Beast Rag, The Found Poetry Review, Hobart, and Poor Claudia. She co-edits The Fuck of the Century, an online film journal. Though named after a racecar driver, she has yet to get behind the wheel. Find her @sennahaha and at www.sennahyee.com.

50 Comments

  • April 13, 2016

    Mark Staniforth

    Enjoyed this – reminded me of Ara Shirinyan’s “Your Country is Great” – worth looking up. Here’s mine, it’s called “all-inclusive”: https://staniforthmark.wordpress.com/impromptu/

    • April 13, 2016

      Stephanie Ellis

      Molton brown toiletries, now there’s an image to conjure with.

    • April 13, 2016

      Misky

      I like the flip-flop reference (to fit your shoe size!)

  • April 13, 2016

    Nathalie Boisard-Beudin

    Now I feel like I should go on holiday!

    It turned out prosey: http://spacedlaw.dreamwidth.org/154140.html
    Thank you for the prompt!

    • April 13, 2016

      Mark Staniforth

      It’s quite sad but at the same time quite comforting with its nice evocations of brothels, barber shops, war memorials etc… speaks of something lost? Liked the prose-poem aspect, too.

    • April 13, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      loved the bizarreness of this. consider breaking the lines to add to the sense of disorientation. weird enjambments would be fun. works fine as a prose piece though, a kind of travel journal.

    • April 13, 2016

      Misky

      I agree with Amanda – love the randomness of this poem. I like it!

  • April 13, 2016

    Vinita Agrawal

    • April 13, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      lovely. i especially liked “when rains batter glass windows like drumbeats”

    • April 13, 2016

      Stephanie Ellis

      Nicely done, loved the last lines.

    • April 13, 2016

      Misky

      I love ” a fountain, recycling its own dead water, it beats its own chest” — wonderful.

      • April 13, 2016

        Vinita Agrawal

        I’m glad that line stood out for you Misky. Thank you!

    • April 14, 2016

      Nathalie Boisard-Beudin

      How wonderful.
      I was particularly touched by the two lines about the cardamom plantation.

  • April 13, 2016

    Mark Staniforth

    It does feel very much like an escorted tour – in a good way – of sort-of ephemeral places… I esp. loved the second par.

    • April 13, 2016

      Vinita Agrawal

      Thanks very much Mark! I read yours too – nice work! All the trimmings of a nice vacation in there!

  • April 13, 2016

    Amanda Earl

    • April 13, 2016

      Stephanie Ellis

      Gorgeous imagery in this short – and beautiful – poem (129 phrases, how do you find the time?)

      • April 13, 2016

        Amanda Earl

        thanks, Stephanie. i am up at 5:30am most weekdays.

    • April 13, 2016

      Misky

      This is splendid, and I particularly like “remotely subversive, green-tiled, or jazzy.” That phrase is such a tease!

    • April 13, 2016

      Linda Crosfield

      Fabulous!

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  • April 13, 2016

    Stephanie Ellis

    My poem, Shield-walled Soul, http://stephellis.weebly.com/. One day I will go to Nordic lands.

    • April 13, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      that last line is gold. “shield-walled soul” lovely.

    • April 13, 2016

      Mark Staniforth

      yes, I love the last line too. It’s definitely very Viking-ish.

    • April 13, 2016

      Vinita Agrawal

      Powerful write, Stephanie! Love the words you’ve used and the way you’ve used them.

  • April 13, 2016

    Misky

    • April 13, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      love the language here. very exotic & fun to read aloud.

    • April 13, 2016

      Vinita Agrawal

      Great write Misky! The last line is very impactful!

  • April 13, 2016

    Bill Waters

    My poem, such as it is, is a recombination of people’s comments on TripAdvisor (title included). :- )

    I Can’t Find the Right Words

    …to describe how beautiful it was
    at my favorite place on earth.
    Romantic. Beautiful. Paradise.

    Seems like a mirage!
    I’m not going to write about
    the Trip of a Lifetime —

    picture-perfect in every way.
    You’ll be happy to just be here;
    lovely at any time of the day!

    Exceeded expectations in all areas —
    everything you need or want and more!
    You can do it all here.

    Feels like home!

  • April 13, 2016

    Linda Crosfield

    • April 14, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      i liked the tone of this one very much. i was thinking you could start a new poem from “perhaps I was a sea dog,/or other magnificent remains.” it has interesting possibilities.

  • April 13, 2016

    Melissa Crockett Meske

    Wanderlust Turns in a Day

    We wander down picturesque streets
    Past plantations built centuries before.
    Their landscapes are filled with old gardens,
    Antebellum structures define Southern charm.

    Sweet tea and mint juleps are offered,
    We partake as we meander on by.
    Magnolia trees are spilling their blossoms,
    We notice the intoxication their fragrance invites.

    But then we arrive to that spot at Fort Sumter
    And a whole different scene fills the air.
    We both want to move in much closer,
    With stillness we consider what happened there.

    –Melissa Crockett Meske, April 13, 2016

    • April 14, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      i like the way you build up to the darkness from the idyllic.

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  • April 13, 2016

    james w. moore

    Forget Reality (nice advice, if you can take it) http://bit.ly/1YuAcse

    • April 14, 2016

      Misky

      Loved this: “secret gelato of a David Lynch film set.” There are some great lines in this poem. Well done.

    • April 14, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      such a great accumulation poem with lots of interesting juxtapositions. there’s some great sound play here too, James. nicely done.

  • April 14, 2016

    JM Scott

    I chose my words all things Atlantic City on trip advisor. It is an acrostic poem http://candlesticksandcadavers.blogspot.com/2016/04/if-only-there-was-no-smoking-it-would.html

    • April 14, 2016

      Mark Staniforth

      Really clever, this. Really sums up the seedy glamour of the place. Shows the power of writing a poem with the minimum of authorial intervention… it just says it all.

    • April 14, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      i absolutely adore “Taste of old wax and summer.” this is an intriguing poem. nicely done.

  • April 14, 2016

    A. Garnett Weiss

    A day late,sigh.
    Here’s the link to “Milestone”
    http://jcsulzenko.com/day-13-prompt-from-the-found-poetry-review/

    • April 14, 2016

      Amanda Earl

      this is a lot of fun. love the tone.

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