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.
Who are the word watchers?
Your source text this week is the CIA’s style manual, Directorate of Intelligence Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications, which was released online and then moved over to Scribd when the demand for the document became too high. Along with the question above (which I don’t believe the document answers), the guide provides some excellent writing style guidance and a peek at the CIA’s remarkable way with words (see this piece on Open Culture for a quick overview).
Your prompt: Using the CIA style guide as source text, create a poem by erasing or otherwise remixing the manual. As always, please share in the comments or submit to an upcoming issue.