Put your MP3 player on shuffle, and then write down the first line of each of the first twenty songs. Post the “poem” that results.
I thought I heard the old man say, “Leave her, Johnny.
They say the whale swallowed Jonah out in the deep blue sea.
(What power art thou who from below
Hast made me rise unwillingly and slow?)
Woke up this morning at 11:11. The land
is the mother of a tender crop—that’s M-O—
So sexy, Danny Diamond; she was a star.
My love, my life, my band, my wife.
Come all, ye young whaler men bound after sperm.
There was a lady in the north. I ne’er could find her marrow.
”Roll me on your frozen fields. Break my bones to watch them heal.”
Now listen, honey, while I say,
You could have a great career.
Grand pianos crash down together, stupid girls.
Stupid girls, speak plain, he said, but didn’t see: when Joseph was an old man,
An old man was he.
Looks like I’ve fucked up again—
I’ve found a new baby.