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Opposites
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:40:56 AM »
This is a surrealist game I sometimes play when friends are over. It's going to be a little different on an online forum, but I think it might still work well. I'll set out the rules:

1. We will be collectively writing "poems" consisting of 15 lines. We will take turns adding lines. There will be no particular order, but each contributor, after adding his first line to a given poem, must allow at least three other people to add further lines before adding another line to the same poem.

2. Each line (after the first one) must be an "opposite" of the immediately preceding line. The notion of "opposite" is to be interpreted very loosely. Do not, as far as possible, simply provide the obvious or direct opposite to a given line- for example, don't write "white" where someone says "black," or "up" when someone says "down." A more fitting opposite of "down" might be "sky," for example. This prevents the poems from being repetitive.

Example:

The silver cat retreats into the manger
While solar mice assaulted the ivory castle.

3. Try to continue each other's sentences- don't make each line a stand-alone sentence. Try to maintain the flow of a cohesive written piece even as the ideas get increasingly strange. Transition words, commas, and enjambments are your friends.

4. Number each line so everyone knows how many lines have been entered so far. The person who writes the fifteenth line should redact all the previous lines into his post so everyone can read the complete poem.

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Re: Opposites
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 11:41:38 AM »
I'll go first.

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Re: Opposites
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 11:57:10 AM »
I'll go first.

1. The silent king never tires of marinading shoes

1. The silent king never tires of marinading shoes
2. While the boisterous queen lethargically bakes bonnets
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Re: Opposites
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 01:43:50 PM »
3.the Abigail's radiance melts her feathers
« Last Edit: January 22, 2013, 01:44:56 PM by Hiwot »
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Re: Opposites
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 02:44:15 PM »
This is a surrealist game I sometimes play when friends are over. It's going to be a little different on an online forum, but I think it might still work well. I'll set out the rules:

1. We will be collectively writing "poems" consisting of 15 lines. We will take turns adding lines. There will be no particular order, but each contributor, after adding his first line to a given poem, must allow at least three other people to add further lines before adding another line to the same poem.

2. Each line (after the first one) must be an "opposite" of the immediately preceding line. The notion of "opposite" is to be interpreted very loosely. Do not, as far as possible, simply provide the obvious or direct opposite to a given line- for example, don't write "white" where someone says "black," or "up" when someone says "down." A more fitting opposite of "down" might be "sky," for example. This prevents the poems from being repetitive.

Example:

The silver cat retreats into the manger
While solar mice assaulted the ivory castle.

3. Try to continue each other's sentences- don't make each line a stand-alone sentence. Try to maintain the flow of a cohesive written piece even as the ideas get increasingly strange. Transition words, commas, and enjambments are your friends.

4. Number each line so everyone knows how many lines have been entered so far. The person who writes the fifteenth line should redact all the previous lines into his post so everyone can read the complete poem.

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Re: Opposites
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 11:06:14 AM »
Gosh, I'm going to have to break my own rule before the games dies ignominiously

3.the Abigail's radiance melts her feathers

4. into oozing tar. Sprouting hammer-trees erupted

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Re: Opposites
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 11:12:40 AM »
Gosh, I'm going to have to break my own rule before the games dies ignominiously

3.the Abigail's radiance melts her feathers

4. into oozing tar. Sprouting hammer-trees erupted

5. spewing chunks of hard asphalt, wielding screwdrivers
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Re: Opposites
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2013, 10:53:01 AM »
Thank you Liza, Hiwot, and Theistgal for attempting it but it looks like this one's doomed.

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Re: Opposites
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2013, 01:16:25 PM »
Or - it's destined for greatness!! (Opposite! :D )
« Last Edit: January 29, 2013, 01:17:01 PM by theistgal »
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Re: Opposites
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2013, 02:25:29 PM »
I would really like to add something, but I'm a horrible poet.
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Re: Opposites
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2013, 02:29:51 PM »
Gosh, I'm going to have to break my own rule before the games dies ignominiously

3.the Abigail's radiance melts her feathers

4. into oozing tar. Sprouting hammer-trees erupted

5. spewing chunks of hard asphalt, wielding screwdrivers

6. circumscribed by soft glass, letting loose streams of soothing love
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Re: Opposites
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013, 01:57:59 AM »
Gosh, I'm going to have to break my own rule before the games dies ignominiously

3.the Abigail's radiance melts her feathers

4. into oozing tar. Sprouting hammer-trees erupted

5. spewing chunks of hard asphalt, wielding screwdrivers

6. circumscribed by soft glass, letting loose streams of soothing love
7.Into  crevasses of glacial hearts,until vaporized by fires of fear.
To God be the Glory in all things! Amen!

Only pray for me, that God would give me both inward and outward strength, that I may not only speak, but truly will; and that I may not merely be called a Christian, but really be found to be one. St.Ignatius of Antioch.Epistle to the Romans.