Day 1 – NanoPoblano – “The Way You Said Your Name” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Mad Girls Love Song” by Sylvia Plath

Hey there everyone.

I’ve taken the plunge (oh no, think of the children!…oh wait, I don’t have any children, never mind, carry on) and am very happy to say that I will be participating in NanoPoblano 2018. I have decided to dedicate myself to writing “found poetry” every day month (this is also known as blackout poetry), where you take a piece of literature and then cut away/black out words until a new poem emerges.

For Day 1 of NanoPoblano, I have written a found poem from “Mad Girls Love Song by Sylvia Plath. I found the lyrics to it here at Mad Girls Love Song by Sylvia Plath –, here it is in it’s entirety:-

“Mad Girls Love Song” by Sylvia Plath

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan’s men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
I fancied you’d return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”


And now here is my found poem based on these incredible words – hope you enjoy it!


Photo by Candiix at Pixabay

“The Way You Said Your Name” by David Ellis

All the world is born again

The stars, blue and red, blackness gallops in

Dreamed, bewitched, into bed

Moon insane, kissed me up inside my head

From the sky, fires return

The way you said your name

Loved, when spring comes


Still want more? Then check out other Day 1 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!

1 NOVEMBER: SAGE ADVICE – Starving Activist

because –


November is National Blog Posting Month! – Dean Kealy Design

Ivy Hill: Chapter 1 – Echoshadow

October Wrap Up – THE BROKEN SPINE

WRONG SIDE OF REALITY – Hasty at Fearing Crazy

crosses – the matticus kingdom

I Fall – NamySaysSo – Perspectives, Inspirations & LifeHacks For Women

Happy November! – Vanessence – Essentially Vanessa

We Shiver In The Cold – No Talent For Certainty

Of Everything And Nothing – The Temenos Journal

99 Words or Less – 33 Grams of Blog

More if you nap – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

HOW TO GET BEAT UP – Hastywords

A Pepper and a Carrot Walked into a Bar – loristory

Late Night Poetry #14: Into The Light – Cats and Chocolate

So, this is a thing? – Mommy Quits

National Blog Posting Month 2018 – Failing at Haiku


November Is Here Again – Just A Little Bit Sweet

Oh hi. It’s November. Sorry. – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT

Again, Alphabet Alliteration – I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning With A Craving

Day 1 : NanoPlobano – The Ink Slinger

One Day You Are Riding High… – Behind The Willows

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never what you’re gonna get. – Julie Burton Blog



Living Your Dream – Infinity Coaching

Slumped, No More! – Books, Hooks and Yarn


NanoPoblano 2018 – teleportingweena

NaBloPoMo – Tribal Call! – Aberrant Crochet (TM)


23 thoughts on “Day 1 – NanoPoblano – “The Way You Said Your Name” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Mad Girls Love Song” by Sylvia Plath

  1. Awesome concept! Any chance you’re printing out these poems and blacking/cutting them out? I’d love to see a photo of what they look like in that format as well as you format them!

    • Hey there Dean my main man! TY for your comment, it is an incredibly awesome concept, just like you are 🙂 I would like to make these poems more visual when it comes to showing the blacked out areas but sadly I do not have a working printer. I also never print anything off, so I tend to go to the library in an emergency and pay through the nose there if I need to print something off. Time is a major factor too because by the time I have written the poem, prepared the post, searched for a suitable picture and linked to all those who have posted at the time that I am posting, it is usually very late at night or early in the morning. It is far easier for me to just show the original poem as inspiration and then cut to my new clean version. I was thinking that there should be some kind of design software that allows me to produce the blackout picture you are speaking of, providing that you don’t have to manually type in the poem yourself and can just copy/paste the text from it. Maybe something like this already exists on the web, a design tool that is crying out for me to find and use it at some point in the near future 🙂

    • TY so much Vanessa, your comment means the world to me. I always fret about how these things turn out and it is very encouraging to have such positive feedback. Hope to dazzle you all with much more found poetry this month and look forward to catching more of your posts throughout this month 🙂

    • It certainly does take you to some original places Di, I find the restricted word choice can make you very creative. I think this is my fourth poem using found poetry, I’m sure that I will become a master of it by the end of the month (and if I write another month’s worth afterwards, I will be able to publish a book of them, which would be really exciting!) Look forward to sharing more of them with you soon.

      • No problem!

        I really haven’t spent a lot of time in the blogosphere lately, so I’m hoping that doing this will help get me back in the swing of things, even if only just a little.

        I hope you enjoy my posts, and everyone else’s, of course.

    • TY ever so much Symanntha, I sincerely appreciate your comment and you taking the time to read my poem. I do think with found poetry you have to pick a piece that you admire, as it is hard to write enthusiastically for the sake of it. I also am not worried if the poem comes out a lot shorter than the ones that I usually write because this is natural when boiling down the source poem to its barest essence. Look forward to reading and commenting on your posts throughout the month too. Incidentally haikus are my favourite poetic form as well 🙂

    • TY so much Rebecca, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my poem. I’ve fallen in love with the form having attempted it a couple of times before, so I’m dedicating this entire month to writing more of them. Who knows where it will lead us but I’m looking forward to where the journey takes us 🙂

    • TY Ra, I really appreciate that very much. I’m so excited to be writing more of this type of poetry. I think that this is my fourth one now so far. I’ve used other poets as inspiration and written in their style in the past but there is something about found poetry, where you take a beautiful diamond of a poem and reach inside it to pull out an exquisite pearl even more incredible, the process is simply irresistible. I’m still keen to dedicate the entire month to this type of poetry and we shall see what wonders we stumble across on the journey ahead 🙂

    • TY so much Erica for reading and enjoying my poetry, along with taking the time to comment. I will definitely stop by your blog very soon and look forward to reading more of your work throughout this month 🙂

    • TY for taking the time to read it Breanna, so glad you liked it 🙂 I do spend a long time searching for images the complement the pieces, so I’m also glad that you thought the image was a worthy one to accompany the poem too. Look forward to commenting on your posts throughout this month 🙂

    • So happy you felt that way Lori! 😀 And I’m extremely excited to see you have posted to, I will get round to commenting soon. It’s great to have a kick up the bottom and have reasons to get posting and get those words flowing 🙂

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