When I was writing to this prompt, I really wanted to do something about the tiger who broke her front tooth and had it replaced with a gold one, but everything I tried turned out a bit – dunno, but wrong. So I did what I often do when I feel lacking, I tried out a form, a set of rules to play by. In this case, a Terrance Hayes A Gram of &s-type exercise. 11 lines, last word of each line must be found anagrammatically within the words of the title, 4+ letter words only, no pluralisation. I’m not saying the resulting poem is any great shakes, but it did come together with the little click that says ‘poem’ to me.
If you’d like to try your own A Gram of &s poem, or any sort of piece playing with anagrams of this title, here’s my most interesting word list so far – what others can you find?
INCITE RILE SLICE SORREL SPLEEN SPLENETIC RINSE SCISSOR CORPSE ROOST CREST STRIPE INCISE SPINDLE SPIRE INSPIRE SPINE STELE STEEL TREND REPENT INDENT SPITE SPORT PORTER PRESENT PINCER PRINCE INTERRED RESPECT TINDER SCREED SECRET SECRETE CREED REPEL RISEN RENNET CRISP CREPE ROPED DINNER DINE DINER TINE SITE TENSE CREDIT SEER
Update! Ann Cuthbert found some more anagrams, and wrote this superb Gram of &s with them, about Mayan jade teeth…
Lady of Teotihuacan, you rise,bones stripped but breath not spent,while Kukulkan writhes, peersfrom your mouth, from green serpentinetooth, tartared and worn before the cistclaimed your corpse. Jade priestess,you are the passageway, you enticethe serpent-god to emerge, spiritup a wind, conjure ancestor-gods in riteof resurrection. Green in your jaw, he sleeps.At your summoning, he stirs.