Poetry Prompt: Acrostic Chance (à la Charles Bernstein)

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This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer. Photo by Howard Stanbury.  


This week, we borrow a prompt from Charles Bernstein’s writing experiments. “Acrostic Chance” is explained this way:

Acrostic chance:  Pick a book at random and use title as acrostic key phrase.  For each letter of key phrase go to page number in book that corresponds (a=1, z=26) and copy as first line of poem from the first word that begins with that letter to end of line or sentence.  Continue through all key letters, leaving stanza breaks to mark each new key word.  (Cf.: Jackson Mac Low’Stanzas for Iris Lezak.)

You can read about Stanzas for Iris Lezak over at Jacket2. Please share your results in the comments!

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