The F Word (a remixing poem – tanka)


Certainly the word
burns — a bawdy vulgar imp:
part of a couplet,
there in a poem, striking
the senses as “fucking” does.


POETIC FORM: A Remixing Poem (A Tanka)

A Japanese form, tanka would be a 5-line, 5-7-5-7-7 syllable poem, or a 5-line poem with 3 short lines (lines 2, 4, 5) and 2 very short lines (lines 1 and 3). While imagery is important in tanka, the form is a little more conversational than haiku. It allows for the use of poetic devices such as metaphor and personification.


To earn the Pinch an Inch badge, begin with a source text of your choice and a ruler. Mark off a column of text one vertical inch wide down one or more pages — you might choose, for example, to use an inch down the center of your page, or along the page’s left or right margin. Craft your poem using only words located within your vertical column inch(es).
If you decide to use multiple pages, locate your vertical column inch in the same location on each page (i.e. all center columns, all right margin columns, etc).
Credit your source text at the bottom of your post.


PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts)
Found Poetry Review’s 2015 National Poetry Month Project

– April 2015 – 213 poets joined together as a troop to earn digital merit badges for completing experimental and found poetry prompts.
– Prompts are divided into five categories – remixing, erasure, out and about, conceptual and chance operation.
– Each category offers six distinct badges to be earned.
– Poets choose their own source text.
– For more information, check out

A dear friend and fabulous poet, Von Thompson, is a participant. When she told me about the challenge, I decided to play along at home.


SOURCE TEXT: The F Word – edited by Jesse Sheidlower