"Open Space A to Z Contest
bert.elliott at moh.hnet.bc.ca
Thu Oct 7 10:46:55 PDT 1999
Ascending beyond constricted diatribes
Enlightening fear-gripped henchmen
Igniting jaded knotted leaders
Mountaineering new open precipices
Quietly restoring space to
Understand, value, wish
X-citing your zuchini
Well- my dictionary had a really small "Z" section and all the good ones were already used.
> Dear Open Spacies:
> And now for something completely different
> It's a contest, right here in the open space and you may help select the winner, as well as enter as many times as you wish. Read on.
> As some of you know, I dabble in poetry. One exercise that poetry teachers often assign for young or inexperienced poets is this. Write a poem of only 26 words using the letters of the alphabet, in order, with each letter being the first letter of a word.
> For example...
> Always be careful
> Doubt every force
> Gathered here in jealous kisses
> Let my nearness only press
> Quiet, restful stretches together,
> Useful verities will x-cite you zealously.
> Okay, so I cheated on the "x". It's allowed for that one letter.
> The challenge/contest:
> 1. Write an alphabet poem, in the style exemplified above, describing open space. The title, if you include one, may or may not be part of the alphabetic scheme (your choice).
> 2. Author of the best entry will receive a free copy of John Adams' just-published new book,
> "Thinking Today As If Tomorrow Mattered" (a fresh exploration of how people and organizations can change their consciousness to help save the planet from environmental deterioration).
> 3. You may submit more than one entry.
> 4. You may submit your entries in any language as long as you also supply an English translation (which does not have to be alphabetical).
> 5. After a suitable period of time, I'll compile all the entries into one e-mail and publish it here. Listserve subscribers can then submit their votes as to the best one. Top vote-getter become the winners. I get one vote, too.
> 6. VARIATION: If you prefer, submit your entry in reverse-alphabetical order.
> 7. Why am I doing this? I want to promote John's book, I like promoting poetry, and I think it'll be fun!
> 8. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. If you have never ever written a poem, so what! Take a whack at it. It's fun. It's good for the mind. And it tickles the funny-bone.
> 9. You may cheat on th "x".
> To help get you thinking, here's a (non-eligible) alphabet poem on open space I did the other day. (I incorporated the title). Yours, of course, will be better.
> Agendas Beckoning
> Circles debut effortlessly.
> Fresh gists,
> Honored in juiciful knowing,
> Loosen miraculous, new, open passions,
> Quenchable, really,
> Since time undoes vexatious worry.
> X-tend your zone!
> C'mon now give it a try! Win the prize!!
> Ralph Copleman
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