June 11, 2010
By Big Tent Poetry

by Carolee, Deb & Jill

It’s show time! It’s time to post your original poem, written in response to Monday’s prompt — write an angry pantoum — or any other inspiration from the week. (We love it when you write to our prompt, but we also love it when you write on a whim. We all know how fickle that muse can be.)

So leave a link to your blog post, or leave your poem itself, in the comments! And remember: Although we love seeing our badge in the sidebar of your blog, we would appreciate it if you would also link back to the site in each of your poem posts. Linking within your post helps people travel back and forth from your site to the Big Tent Poetry site, and it helps perpetuate Big Tent Poetry “findability” in Google searches — and that helps us all.

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You’ve got all week to write your poem, based on this week’s prompt. Come Fridays (today!) you’ll find a “Come One, Come All” post (this one!) where you can 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.

We want to give you all weekend to post your work and read each others’ work. Take your time. Enjoy all the poems that are new to the world.

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71 Responses to “ COME ONE, COME ALL / June 11 ”

  1. Cynthia Short on June 11, 2010 at 12:03 am

    My brain has decided sleep is optional…(just one more thing to be angry about!) So here is my first Pantoum EVER!

    • Deb on June 11, 2010 at 12:15 am

      Congrats! I can’t wait to read it. :-)

  2. Deb on June 11, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Posting ViV’s comment, since she is away!

    “I tried, I really tried, and failed abysmally. I’ve written lots of angry poems (mostly political) but couldn’t tame my thoughts into the pantoum straightjacket.
    I did find an old one, fairly angry, and that will be on my blog if anyone’s interested.

    In any case, I shan’t be here on Friday, as off to UK for my graduation. (Still boasting about it!) ”

    Congrats, ViV! Have a great trip!

    • rob kistner on June 12, 2010 at 12:14 am

      I hope there is wonderful pomp and great circumstance Viv!!! ;)

  3. barbara on June 11, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Pantoum. It seems to need some mental co-ordination I lack.
    Please Return This Pantoum With My Apologies

    • Linda Goin on June 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

      Hey Barbara (good morning, sunshine!) — I come up on a password-protected page with that link…is that your intention?

    • Julie Jordan Scott on June 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

      I tried, too, Barbara – can’t get in. :-(

    • Julie Jordan Scott on June 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

      I take it back. Found the password lower on this page. :-)

  4. Stan Ski on June 11, 2010 at 12:28 am

    My first attempt at a Pantoum:

  5. barbara on June 11, 2010 at 12:29 am

    oops, I meant to mention the password is: nelle

    • Linda Goin on June 11, 2010 at 8:06 am

      Okey dokey, then! =)

  6. Francis Scudellari on June 11, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Not an angry poem per se, but it is a pantoum:
    Pantoum to an Aging Father

  7. A Pantoum on Anger | Rubies in Crystal on June 11, 2010 at 1:23 am

    [...] A response to Big Tent Poetry’s June 11th prompt: write an angry pantoum (and where you can read the other entries in the linked [...]

  8. Brenda on June 11, 2010 at 1:30 am

    The very worst pantoum ever! Sigh. Never was very good at following form. Perhaps I’ll try to write, not on anger, but an angry pantoum over the weekend. Though it’s hard to consider such raging passions in the Spring… :)
    A Pantoum on Anger

  9. angie on June 11, 2010 at 1:32 am

    thank you for pushing me into trying a pantoum; I loved it!! I’m not sure if mine is the way it should be –no rhyme– but I had fun trying to figure out the pattern. it’s a found poem, using a news article that makes just about everyone angry these days –

  10. Tiel Aisha Ansari on June 11, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Anger’s not what comes through in this poem, but it’s a pantoum: Kyron

  11. angie on June 11, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I think the elephant ate my comment — or perhaps the clowns.
    (I got an error page.)

    so, again: thanks for the prompt!!

  12. Gemma@Greyscale on June 11, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Thanks for this fascinating prompt. I did a pantoum exploring anger.

    Pantoum for an Anger Persona

    • pamela on June 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      I seem to being having a problem commenting on your blog.
      This is a provocative piece and very well constructed.

  13. Mary Kling on June 11, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I enjoyed experimenting with the pantoum as I wrote two poems about things that make me angry.

  14. gautami tripathy on June 11, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Here is mine:

  15. derrick2 on June 11, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Here is mine:

  16. Rallentanda on June 11, 2010 at 5:30 am

    I have only ever written one pantoum and strangely enough I was very upset at the time.
    Quel coincidence! Here t’is

    ‘ Wet Monday Afternoon At Rose Bay ‘

  17. nan on June 11, 2010 at 6:00 am

    an anger pantoum. My first pantoum!

  18. stacey wilson on June 11, 2010 at 6:00 am

    unfortunately, pantoums won’t fit well in my photos so here are two just on angery to brighten your day.
    my first one for this prompt
    and what would really tick me off:

  19. Linda Watskin on June 11, 2010 at 6:14 am

    It was a beautiful day when I sat down to write my pantoum. So my mind flatly forgot about the angry part of the prompt and instead honed in on writing a pantoum. Only after it was finished and I reread the prompt did I realize that I had half followed the prompt. But, I expect, that part of a good prompt is that it leads you to places you hadn’t intended to explore. Thanks for the lead.

  20. Rachel Barenblat on June 11, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I didn’t write about anger, but did write a pantoum:

    Full Day

  21. Just Someone on June 11, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I didnt write a pantoum though :(

  22. Mallery on June 11, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I have attempted pantoums several times before, but never with any success. I am pretty pleased with this pantoum, though!

  23. Obtuse with Form « My Poetic License on June 11, 2010 at 7:33 am
  24. Dina Spice on June 11, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I just couldn’t find any anger in me, kept trying to drum it up, but ended up just writing…

    - Dina

  25. Shayla on June 11, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I actually did end up writing about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…

  26. Pantoums and Anger? on June 11, 2010 at 7:48 am

    [...] impossible to express anger in a pantoum. I’ve tried, all this past week to meet that Big Top Poetry challenge (this link includes the prompt and the poets’ responses), and the closest I could come to [...]

  27. Linda Goin on June 11, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Like Viv, I couldn’t get my head wrapped around anger in a pantoum form. It ended up as sarcasm…Deepwater Rah Rah

  28. brenda w on June 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

    This was a great prompt. I like my piece, but doubt I’ll send it on to its intended. ;)

  29. pamela on June 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

    This is my first pantoum.
    It is about my ex-boss and I am still fairly angry with her.
    Thanks for a great prompt!

  30. carolee on June 11, 2010 at 8:41 am

    the circus is so busy already! wonderful!

    here’s mine — no password this week, kids!

    back to read in a bit!

  31. Diane Truswell on June 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

    My goodness, people were up in the middle of the night, LOL.

    Here’s my Anger pantoum:

  32. Joseph Harker on June 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Apologies in advance if I offend anybody…

    The Mess in Texas

  33. Deb on June 11, 2010 at 9:42 am

    WoW! It’s great to see you all here. I pulled a bunch of links and comments out of pending/spam … but need to write a little before I can sample your poems!

    It’s great to see you all here, no matter what you wrote about or how. :-)

  34. irene on June 11, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I didn’t write a pantoum but it was inspired by the subject of anger or old hurt.

    shooting at the moon

  35. Tumblewords on June 11, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Thanks again for the prompt and the site! It’s an ideal circus.

    Endings are the Same

  36. Nathan Landau on June 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Try as I might I couldn’t channel the anger quite subtly enough for my taste, but the work did inspire me to revise an old pantoum I’d written some time ago.

  37. EKSwitaj on June 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    It’s way, way, way too easy for me to come up with things I’m angry about. :-/

    Break the Silence

  38. rob kistner on June 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    This prompt put me in touch with a very deep-seeded personal anger… Anger – 3 Contemplations

  39. angry pantoum for Big Tent Poetry « carolee sherwood on June 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    [...] here it is! My poem for this weekend’s COME ONE, COME ALL gathering at Big Tent Poetry. Be sure to visit the site for links to poems by other [...]

  40. carolee on June 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    hey, everyone! thanks for being part of the circus this week!

    there’s been some discussion about the pantoum form and some are wondering what are the possible benefits of the form. so i thought i’d share one of the most powerful pantoums i’ve read, one that benefits tremendously from the structure of the form:

    it’s remarkable. and it’s clear how the form makes sense. examples as strong as this one to help illustrate the strengths/power of the form. :)

    • brenda w on June 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks for the link. You are right. Powerful piece, and it demonstrates the haunting intensity repetition can bring. I also notice people using words like spiraling, and spin when commenting on each other’s work.

      The power is there for the making in this form. Several pieces are mesmerizing this week.

      • Julie Jordan Scott on June 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm

        I’m a big time pantoum fan. I love studying form… I think all poets can benefit from such exploration. Revisiting this form was perfect, especially with the prose I have been writing as of late.

    • Deb on June 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you, Carolee!!! xxoo

    • Linda Goin on June 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      That was a stunning piece. Painful, but the form seemed to create a cushion that kept the rawness of that pain at a distance. As with Rob’s poems, I can see how form can provide a vehicle that might not scare off a reader with such intense issues.

  41. Julie Jordan Scott on June 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I finally, finally, finally, finally, finally… hear me say FINALLY responded to a prompt. I have been in a poetry funk since April ended and pray the end is here.

    “I can’t be bad”

  42. James on June 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve never tried pantoum before, but I love experimenting with new (to me) forms. Here’s mine: A Necklace for the Goddess of the Empty Sea

  43. Deb on June 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Here’s mine: Behold Our Dark, Magnificent Horror. A pantoum, but not a very angry one.

  44. one more believer on June 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    a most enjoyable prompt… i found it hard to write about anger…at first i thought yeah, i gotta lot of anger but when it came time to express there was nothing.. so i ended up with an altogether different poem than what i had intended… stirred up

  45. Marie on June 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Here is mine:

    Twenty First Century Brimstone

  46. Uma Gowrishankar on June 12, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Pantoum is a beautiful form, enjoyed writing this –

  47. Lindsey on June 12, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Here is my poem.

    Its about anger over tornados and the impact they have on small towns.

    • Deb on June 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      Welcome to the Big Tent, Lindsey!

  48. Erin Davis on June 12, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    This is my first posting here. I love the site!

    • Deb on June 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      Eran, it’s great to have you here. I remember you from the old days at RWP. :-)

  49. Maxie Rumson on June 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

    ARRRGH! I tried all week & finally decided to lock PANTOUM in the same closet as SUDOKU. Here is my angry non-pantoum poem:

    Outside Your Apartment

    Snow is falling softly
    like feathers around
    the streetlight. It is

    evening and I am standing
    in the falling snow.
    Standing in the snow

    angry because I didn’t
    wear boots; angry because
    the door is locked; angry

    because I don’t belong
    here; angry because I
    hate the snow and you

    brought me here.
    One last angry trick
    on your part.

    • Deb on June 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm

      Ah, Maxine. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out! This is a fabulous poem — the repetition adds to the intensity of the moment: standing, angry, snow — and a couple of great last lines to send it off.

    • Linda Goin on June 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      Ah, but why did you follow? Lots of anger, heat despite the snow.

  50. pamela on June 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Standing in the snow without boots I would be angry too!
    Well said!


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