Sometimes, he gets a weird idea for poetry made of… spam!

Back this summer, my blogger friend Laura mentioned writing a bit of “found poetry” using spam email. I thought that sounded like fun, so I began collecting subject lines from spam that looked as if they’d have potential…

So I want you all to know this is Laura’s fault. 🙂

I now have more than 5,000 words of those spam-mail subject lines, and I didn’t even keep most of what showed up in my mailbox. Seriously, who wants to write poetry with lines such as “Order your new walk-in bathtub now!” or something about car insurance?

I’m going to have to stop collecting lines soon and begin putting them together into a coherent poem. Don’t worry — I’ll try to cut it down to no more than 3,000 words.


About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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2 Responses to Sometimes, he gets a weird idea for poetry made of… spam!

  1. Laura L. says:

    Just laughing. And…5000 words! Oh my.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I did this for a while too … but my spam has slowed down. Some of it was pretty funny 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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