The following found poem stitches together 19 headlines from ads for MFA programs published in the January / February 2010 issue of Poets and Writers—an issue focused on “inspiration.” Each discreet sentence is a headline; those presented as parenthetical statements are, of course, not in parentheses in the ads themselves. The headlines appear in the same order as the ads appear in the publication.
To Writing Programs: A CanticleThis way, that way, that way, this,Here and there a fresh love is.—Robert Herrick,Realize the greatnessof your voice. Inspirationcomes in many forms.Discover the writer’s lifein New York City.(You’re not in Iowaanymore.) Writein Miami! Writefrom the Heartland.(We’ll let our reputationspeak for us.) Writefrom the heartof writing. (The world’sfocus is on our faculty.) Mywords, my time, my MFA.Otis emphasizes the writer’sability to articulateinnovation. What makesus different? Expectmore. Big thinkingfor a big world.Finally—an MFAthat trains youfor a career, not justa genre. Studyyour way. (Scribbling onthe ether.) Achievement!Change the worldwith words.