Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Think Tank Thursday # 96 News

I love old movies, you can see a boy shouting out, "Extra, extra read all about it"  trying to sell  his bundle of newspapers.  News is always breaking, something new every minute.  Where do you get your news?  Do you read the newspaper,  perhaps you read it online, TV, and then there is radio. Many of us use all these sources, daily. What section do you reach for first?  Is there news in your life you would like to share?  Yes, I want you to pen a poem about "news".  You don't have to reach for the headlines, you could do scientific news, a new birth, a wedding, fashion, editorial section, business, entertainment, sports, or comics, the crossword or your horoscope,etc.   I am excited about this prompt. There are so many directions to go in. There is a writer who uses the newspaper to write poetry, perhaps you have heard of Austin Kleon.  Austin blacks out newspaper and forms a poem.

How to make a Newspaper Blackout Poem:
Grab a newspaper.
Grab a marker.
Find an article.
Cross out words, leaving behind the ones you like.
Pretty soon you’ll have a poem.

 Check out his blog here.

 And you probably thought I was going to say, "What is black n' white and red all over?"  No, I'm not going there, but now you see a sunburned  

I WISH I could say I have read all, of last week's poems. I have not, but I do plan on trying to get caught up. We are doing a home improvement project.  I'm the squirrel running around getting this and that, and moving my stash of  art supplies,not nuts.  This is my latest news...  I don't think it would make a good poem.  Pick something that speaks to you news wise and see where it takes you and us!  I look forward to your poems!  I hope you like the daily, no timely prompt  ;D

Silkscreen on Newspaper 10by =kiriaki

News 1by ~TOYIB

"In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation."

"News reporting is a cycle: No matter how much you work at sending a message, it's only successful if it's received."
Jessica Savitch

  "I think they are paying a lot more attention to news now, by the way, in part because of national-security issues. A lot of young people have friends or family in the military today."
Tom Brokaw

If you have a prompt idea (even a Music or Film inspired one) that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.

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1. Don’t link to more than 3 poems per week.

2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.

3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.


  1. I did a horoscope type Austin Kleon inspired poem!
    I look forward to yours :D

  2. oops, I did want to apologize for not making my rounds. I will play catch up. It isn't just home improvement, but lots of thundershowers. Many evenings I couldn't get online...It is May, not July?! huh...

  3. Thanks so much for hosting this fun prompt. The news often gives me insomnia, as you can tell from my limerick: Sleepless Limerick.

  4. Great prompt Ella. Thank you and to PU.

  5. Ella,

    I really look forward to Thursdays and finding the latest prompt. Thank you for making it all so much fun, especially in rain swept England.....

    Eileen :)

  6. Love the prompt, Ella.....I slapped this together tonight, busy all day. Where does the time go? Sigh.

  7. This is the coolest prompt! I was SO looking forward to finding time to write for you. :)

  8. Thank you! I love everyone's poems~ Keep'em coming! I love all the variety ;D BE sure to try the black out poetry, even if you don't post it. Just try it for will be amazed! I dare

  9. That is a really interesting way to form a poem, I like it! I didn't try that for this one, Ella, but I will keep it in mind!! Thank you!

  10. I went to the the Space Craft Technology Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week on a press pass. So my post is news, not about the news. :)

  11. Zongrik-How exciting! I love space; I can't wait to read it!

    Hannah-I look forward to your poem! That is fine, just wanted to put it out there. It is an inspiring way to find your muse, if she or he is hiding~ :D

  12. Started out thinking I would not come up with anything, due to lack of paying attention to the news. However, I rallied!

  13. Hi Ella, I hope this last one I posted is OK for the prompt...these are the only poems I can come up with for now; but, I hope you do enjoy. Thank You!

  14. John-I'm sure they will fit fine, off to read them~ So glad you joined in :D

    Sara-Thank you :D


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