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

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived 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 six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") 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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