Poetry Prompt: The Year in News


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

One of the most exciting things we did here at FPR in 2014 was Oulipost, a large scale National Poetry Month project in which nearly 80 poets applied constrained writing techniques to the daily newspaper. As you head into 2015, take a look back at the year’s big news and write a found poem from the collection of stories that made up the year.  The Verge rounded up some of the biggest news stories of  2014:

The last 12 months have yielded a tapestry of highs and lows that have set the tone for 2015, changed the landscape of the technology business, and — in some cases — fundamentally altered the way news is made and reported. (The Verge)

And here is a broader list of the best of 2014 news stories (by subject area) from a newspaper called the New York Times. Happy New Year!

Have an insatiable thirst for year-end lists? Here are the top ten FPR poetry prompts of 2014:

1. Appropriation in Bob Dylan’s ‘Chronicles: Volume One’

2. Top 40 Remix

3. The Golden Ratio 

4. Write a Surrealist Poem

5. The Five Human Types 

6. Choose Your Own Adventure 

7. William Burroughs Cut-Up 

8. The Picture of Dorian Gray

9. The Myth of Sisyphus 

10. You Are Susan, Of Course