Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thin Is Just to Slay: Letterplay with Poems

I've recently come across a couple of fun items that play with movie titles. Artist Austin Light removes one letter from the title of popular movies and illustrates the result, with a catchy little blurb explaining the new movie's premise. The results are hilarious.

And Teleclub's agency Y&R Zurich has added an extra letter, in the form of a brand logo, to movie titles to create a strong ad campaign with the tagline "We won't ruin your movies."

I thought it would be fun to apply this concept to poetry, so I played around with William Carlos Williams' "This Is Just to Say."

Thin is just to slay

I have beaten
the plumps
that were sin
the icebox

sand wich
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgiven men
they were delicious
so sweet
and so bold

(Find the original here.)

I probably picked that poem because I've recently started following @justtosaybot on Twitter and I can't get enough.