Poetry Prompt: Choose Your Own Adventure


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.

cyoa-cave-of-timeIf you were a kid who read in the ’80s and ’90s, you are probably familiar with the Bantam Books Choose Your Own Adventure series and others like it. Books in the series allow the reader to act as protagonist, making choices that determine the outcome of the plot. The website Choose Your Own Death offers scanned pages showing some possible endings readers can choose. The website creator explains the site this way:

I loved Choose Your Own Adventure (and similar types of books) as a kid. Perhaps all those ghastly n’ nasty ends that befell you in them had an influencing hand in these fantasies I developed.

Here is a database for text and illustrations that I’ve scanned from some of those books. There are a few books that I’ve also done my own ending (re)illustrations for.

Your prompt: write a poem using Choose Your Own Adventure text. How you do this is up to you, of course. Which way will you choose?