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.
Last night I dreamed about flying an airplane through an enormous outer space mall…
And today, I read reports of the in-flight magazine SkyMall filing for bankruptcy. As inevitable and unsurprising as this news may be, we at FPR will be sad to see this in-flight poetry feast disappear. Skymall has been a perennial favorite piece of source material for FPR staff over the years, and a frequent topic among the FPR crowd on Facebook. I would argue that SkyMall is not only popular for its joyfully superfluous offerings (served to an audience both captive and anxious), but also for its over-the-top copy. No other in-flight magazine contains so much “elegance” or so many exclamation points.
Prompt: Whether or not you are flying in the next week or so, help us create a tribute to the almighty SkyMall. Here are several options for doing so:
- Write a poem sourced from an actual copy of SkyMall.
- Share a poem you have written in the past from SkyMall in the comments.
- Write a poem from the SkyMall website (I KNOW! It’s just not the same).
Please share your found poems in the comments. SkyMall, we will miss you!