The prompt: Compose a poem whose body is sourced from the headlines in your newspaper.
I used most of the headlines in the front section of today’s Times. Paper edition. Plus an ad for Land’s End.
A Deal with the Devil, Or, Poachers Attack Beloved Elders
Beloved Elders, Panicked
Pension Woes Are Stolen Scare
Tactics. The Older
Deplore Capital’s Tearful Drama.
No Work, No Base,
No Advocate, No Share,
No Limit Risks, No Ease.
Details Settle: Banks Get Big Share
(Thieves.) Rounding Up the Charges,
No Review. The bigger Project,
Better Bomb. Baby, Cancel California, Illinois, North Carolina.
Say, A varied life, failed. Made to Work. More. Better.
Banks Ordered To Add Capital To Limit Risks
Tearful Drama as Pistorius Says He Panicked
Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts
Two More Sets of Signals Detected, Australian Officials Say
A Deal with the Devil
Rounding Up Suspects, Pakistan Charges a Baby
Parti Quebecois Failed to Renew Mandate, Analysts Say
Bomb on Train In Pakistan is Fatal to 14
Cuba Social Media Project Was No Plot, Agency Says
Among Ukraine’s Jews, the Bigger Worry Is Putin, Not Progroms
Lands End Made to Work
Poachers Attack Beloved Elders of California, Its Redwoods
Brandeis Cancels Plan to Give Honorary Degree to Rights Advocate, a Critic of Islam
Marine Shoots Fellow Guard at North Carolina Base
California: No Charge for Ocean Rescue
Illinoi Moves to Ease Chicago Pension Woes
What Would Lyndon Johnson Do?
Speaking at Rights Event, Carter Deplores Disparity
Democrats Use Pay Issue In Bid for Women’s Vote
Notes Found in Review of Police Work Could Exonerate 2 Convicted in Killing
For Car Thieves, the Older and Heavier the Ride, the Better
DeBlasio Picks Immigrants To Lead Two City Agencies
Details of Sharpton’s FBI Work Show a Varied Life
City Settles Lawsuit by Detective Called a ‘Rat’
Closing Ports to Stolen Fish
Global Warming Scare Tactics