Written for Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: “World-Blending”
World-blending is the practice of combining elements from contrasting places, times, cultures, or beliefs into a piece of art or literature. World blending can result in the creation of an entirely new genre or movement (think steam punk!). And today, you’re going to get try it out for yourself.
I am asking you to write a poem that incorporates elements from different worlds. The blend you choose is up to you. Your poem could be about a stone age jazz quartet, or maybe you want go more subtle and instead weave in imagery of Joan of Arc and jazzercise…..the possibilities are endless.
You must learn to sit still, Mr. Trump;
this is a portrait.
Do you think I am a chump? I want to see
what you’ve got so far. Are you kidding me?
My hair is the wrong color! Change it.
Mr. Trump, if I mixed all my paints together,
I could not duplicate your hair color.
Well, I could probably do a better job
than you. Shoot, gimme those brushes,
and step aside. Why is it taking
so long? I could paint one of your
pictures in half the time, and I’m
You have greatly insulted me, sir.
I will not defer to you. I must ask you
to leave my studio at once.
And who’s gonna make me, you
and what army? Get out of my way,
before I punch in your face.