Poetry Prompt: Within a Lawful Realm


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

*Update: You have the option of entering your (Scalia-specific formal poem) into the Scalia Dissents Formal Poety Contest, hosted by Poetry Business Manager.*

Our SCOTUS Prompt:

Hey everyone! You can get legally married to the person of your choice in any state. Yup, adult humans in the United States now have equal rights in this regard. The Supreme Court made it so. Congratulations, LGBT community, and humanity at large.

This historic decision happened not without some rhetorical argle-bargle and what have you. So in celebration, we offer the court opinions themselves as source texts for poetry. The SCOTUS opinion document here offers jumps to each dissent.

Three choices:

  1. Comb the SCOTUS majority and dissenting opinions for words and phrases, reworking them into a poem.
  2. Select one page of a dissent and create an erasure.
  3. Create a poem in Scalegalese.

BONUS: Get burned by Justice Antonin Scalia.