Found Poetry exercise

Margo Roby http://margoroby.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/tuesday-tryouts-poems-on-things-that-are-found/ gives wonderful exercises to wake up our poetry skills.  This week is no exception, but I’ve found the first one really hard,  The task is to take an extract from a newspaper of 70-90 words, write it out in longhand and read it at least three times: do-able. The piece I chose was from today’s Daily Mail, by Daniel Bates 

Charlize Theron (35)  bewails being single – despite being one of the world’s most beautiful women. An Oscar-winning actress,  she  revealed that despite her best efforts she cannot find a man. She does not want to be single and would prefer to be seeing somebody.   Worth an estimated £18million,   she is the face of Christian Dior  in adverts.  She is consistently ranked as one of world’s sexiest women.  

South Africa born Theron recently denied being romantically linked to Prince Harry after the two were seen chatting at a polo match.    90 words 

 Mark potential line breaks to make it look and sound like a poem.  Stroke it, make provisional cuts:

Charlize Theron (35) bewails being single
despite being one of the world’s
most beautiful women.
An Oscar-winning actress, she revealed
that despite her best efforts
she cannot find a man.
She does not want to be single.
and would prefer to be seeing somebody
Worth an estimated eighteen million, pounds
she is the face of Christian Dior,
stunning in adverts advertisements,
She is consistently ranked as one of the world’s sexiest women.
South Africa-born, Theron recently  she denied
being romantically linked to Prince Harry
after the two were seen chatting
at a polo Match.

still didn’t read like poetry.

My version:

Beauty, fame and fortune
do not guarantee happiness,
actress Charlize Theron is forced to confess.

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6 Responses to Found Poetry exercise

  1. brenda w says:

    million dollar smile and no love
    makes me wonder what that smile covers

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  2. earlybird says:

    I liked the succinct version.

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  3. Loved your process on this, Viv. Akin to distillation, and the final version was indeed my favorite! Ah, poor Charlize… Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/twofer-abc-and-3ww/

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  4. Tilly Bud says:

    Great conclusion to the prompt. No explanation necessary, though it’s good to see the process.

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  5. This is wonderful, Viv. I saw her interview last night with Peirce Morgan. I approached this prompt differently, but I’ve yet to post mine. I will later on.

    Pamela

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  6. margo roby says:

    I love it. Now, that is a found poem and you made it so completely yours, no attribution is necessary.

    margo

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