Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cliff Notes

I always giggle when I hear the term Cliff Notes.  My brother's name is Clifford and yes believe it or not, he and Clifford the Big Red Dog share a birthday.   No, he wasn't named after the Big Red just happened, lol.

Over in the Garden, Izy prompted us to write a Cliff Note type poem.  Okay, she didn't say it quite like that, more like this:

"I call upon you to write out of the standard and find new places in the everyday, and today we are going to retool your favorite story.

And let me be clear here:  by favorite story, I mean that book you return to time and again.  Or that TV show you watch back to back episodes of on a rainy Sunday, or that song, that video game, that painting.  Stories are embedded everywhere, and we all have one we hold above the others."

The Challenge: 

Take your favorite story and condense it into a poem no longer than ten lines, a "Cliffs Notes" version.

Lately, I have been reading a lot of YA books. 
I would like to write one~

Page after Page nestled in downtown's corner
hidden red Moleskine
Dash it all--- guilded Lily
senseless dose of nauseam
 love the colors, the music, gifts wrapped in Christmas joy
I spy clues organized synchronicity
Do you dare if not place me back
Do I tickle your ivories
Your key:  page/line/word
24/5/9,11,12, 13, 14, 15

The book is like a relationship scavenger hunt.  I am tempted to hide my own red Moleskine and see how many poets I might connect with~ Yes all the discoveries are made during Christmas.  Dash is not a fan and Lily loves the season~  
I have many favorites, but lately this book is still on my mind and I will read it again ;D

Here is the book, in case you are curious!

 “I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”


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    1. ;D The authors also wrote Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, which ended up a movie~ David Levithan paired up with a different author for his soon to be released book:

      Thanks FB for dropping by~

  2. One of my best friends has two big Maine Coon cats named Dash and Lily!
    I love the cover of that book, and you summed up a lot in your poem!

    1. Wow, that is very cool!
      Thank you Kay for sharing~
      I love the book :D
      How offbeat and out there it is-but the sentiment of words and one's heart made me want to read it and create my own scavenger hunt. Perhaps at my local book store Page after Page ;D lol

  3. I am confused as to what the book is. But Moleskins are very popular in our house

    1. The book cover is below and is a story of young teenagers seeing each other with words, before they know what the other looks like~ Kinda like blogging-lol
      It is fun to go on their relationship scavenger hunt :D

  4. You've captured the spirit of a scavenger hunt in you poem! I found this cliffs notes fun to read and to reread...I took away different things each time!! Well done and viva la

    1. Thank you Izy! When a book starts out with poetry I have to continue the quest~ :D
      I previewed it on Kindle and when I saw Marie Howe was real-I was enchanted!

  5. Your poem captures the fun of scavenger's hunts. Sounds like a great book! :)

    1. Thank you! It is a relationship built on words and clues! It is fun-I think you would enjoy it~

  6. I have always enjoyed young adult books. I should get back into reading them again too! This one sounds like a good one.

    1. You would like it! Many elements of surprise and it reminds you of blogging. How we bloggers use words and reach n' touch each other daily~

  7. This sounds like a book I would want to read with my students.

    1. It is enchanting and merges people who wouldn't have glanced at each other. With words they shape their worlds and share clues of what they are passionate about. Just to let you know, Lily's brother is a gay, but the details are slight. The story is Dash and Lily's.