A Biting of Words
world summit to bring you weapons
a big fan not just of peace
these women never die grubby
once upon a future true heroes
finding joy in the gathering
curious love splash
blood and conservation make a bright ballet
seasonal monotone delights
poetic train giving tourists new voice
hand in hand a biting of words
This piece is from the 'shreadline' series. Headlines from newspapers are cut up and placed in a bag - they can be from a particular paper on a particular day or a mixture. Five fragments are picked out at random. The player has to create a new line using at least three of the fragments. This series were all ten line poems. Each line is a 'shreadline'. Another action is to take each 'shreadline' and use it as the 'headline' for a new story.
The proces is one of physical literary detournement.
I have run intervention pieces using the 'shreadline' process both on the street and other settings - passers-by being encouraged to pick out fragments and make a shreadline sticking it directly on to a sheet of cardboard to make a collaborative piece that works both visually and as a piece of text - a poem.