The Linkages Project

A long time back, an online poetry group I was involved with undertook an interesting project, where a poem that had been written by a poet of some renown was used as a stepping stone to facilitate new creativity, by lending a phrase to act as a reference point to be used by a member of our group to craft a new poem around.

Hyperlinks were then used to transport a reader between the original verse and the new work.

We undertook three such exercises over a period of time, using the following poems as our inspirations:

Amy Lowell Project – Madonna of the Evening Flowers – 1919

T. S. Eliot Project – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock – 1915

Walt Whitman – Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass) – 1892

I only recently had occasion to recall this project and of a mind to revisit it, and perhaps to continue it for myself.

To this end, I will set up 3 drop-down menu items which will house the above poems, and over time, extend my borrowing of phrases for creative purposes, which will be hyperlinked back to the original.

I’m not necessarily good at these things, but will make the endeavor.

Should you, dear reader, feel inspired to craft poem or prose or picture using a phrase from one of these classic poems, send me the link and I’ll incorporate your work via link to the phrase.

I’m not in a hurry to do anything with this, and have no greater purpose than it seems a nice thing to do.


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