Razorblade Poetry


Part Jeff Noon, partly inspired by something I saw here, and mostly due to this infectious fish (and I mean that in the best of possible ways), here’s a new challenge.

Choose a novel, choose two pages of said novel (doesn’t have to be random) and then choose as many phrases or sentences from those pages and rearrange them at your pleasure, obscure or precise, or take the idea wherever it seems to be leading you!

To get the ball rolling, the above pages are from Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and the chosen phrases collide together as this:

Remove my black glasses.
I have been staring,
Forced upon the imperfect.
That’s what ‘old dreams’ are,
Indelibly etched with self.
This is the price.
Skulls are scraped,
Plastic shopping bags hanging on the door handles.
You are a lightning rod,
Staring blankly at her clothes going around and around.
Is this the way it should be?
I will be here tomorrow,
On a rainy Sunday.
When the Dreamreader’s shadow dies,
It looked like I was next in line.
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~ by tenmiles on August 4, 2005.

12 Responses to “Razorblade Poetry”

  1. Intriguing collision…

  2. Hmmm…another one of those blogging trends that will spread like wildfire and then die out real quick.
    But soundeth good!

  3. I kind of do that as a matter of course. Damn this dyslexia!

  4. i loved the chapter titles in that book. well, the “real world” ones anyway, the others were like “The Gate” (dunh dunh dunh…)

    i will have fun with this…

  5. Interesting thought
    Poems from novels alas-
    Smiling at the page.

    A haiku for your perusal. 🙂

  6. Sounds fun! I’ll have to try this out when I get back this weekend.

  7. Yay ! For once in my life I’m ahead of the pack and not chasing it down !!

    If you look here http://carpathiantowers.blogspot.com/2005/01/banks-vs-noon-big-blind-remix-1.html then you’ll find I did this back in January AND it was due to my devotion to all things Noon !!

    It’s basically all the fault of Cobralingus – http://www.codexbooks.co.uk/cobraindex.html

    {allows smug look to linger on face}

  8. Heh. Lemme try Howard Waldrop with that…

  9. this is a fun exercise – did you see the exquisite corpse on the fish?

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