In honor of World Poetry Day, YARN has created an invitational poetry event called “Measuring the World: The Geography of Poetry.”
YARN invites poets from all over the world to submit poems inspired by a common writing prompt on global themes. The chosen poems will be published on YARN on World Poetry Day, March 21, 2012.
Here is the “Measuring the World” writing prompt:
Using a shared text (a Wiki page from our modern era) about an ancient poet (Erathothenes – a poet, librarian, astronomer, and inventor of the discipline of geography), poets will each devise their own poem on the theme of “Measuring the World.”
- Please include at least three phrases (a phrase=2+ words in a row) from the Wiki text in your own poem. Thus, you are not writing poems based on “found text,” per se. Rather, it is “deliberately found text” shared amongst you.
- Aside from the one stipulation to draw a few lines from the Wiki page, you are free to interpret the “Measuring the World” theme however you wish – literally, figuratively, personally or politically.
- Here is your shared text about Eratosthenes, the first man to measure the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes
- Feel free to include with your poetry submission any other collateral (maps, visuals, anything you used as further inspiration), and – if the images are in the public domain – we will consider publishing them alongside your poem, space permitting.
What are you waiting for? Get writing! To be considered, please submit your poem and a short bio by Feb 21, 2012 to: poetry[at]yareview.net