I remember the hot summer afternoon in Lubbock when we had the great neighborhood Monopoly game. It started with five or six boys, as many pieces as the standard game contained at the time, the shoe, the car, the scotty dog, the top had, the cowboy, and the iron, of course.
As such games do, this one became an eternity. Late that evening, we moved the board from somebodies driveway into their garage so there would be light to continue. In my memory, my brother wins. He lands on Free Parking and steals all of the pot cash in one fell swoop. It’s not a fair rule, but it’s one we’ve always used. (Monopoly doesn’t allow that “house” rule in tournament play.)
But honestly, I don’t remember who won. I only remember the sense of tension in the entire neighborhood all that day. Monopoly is a brutal win-lose scenario and watching the game unfold fascinated me.
I’m still fascinated by games. Believe it or not, we take the game-ness of T. S. Poetry pretty seriously. Just last night we were scowering through digital stacks of books about game theory, everything from complex mathematics (Game Theory: A Critical Introduction), philosophy (The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia), business self-help (Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life), theology (Theology Remixed), and game design theory (In Game Design Workshop: Designing, Prototyping, & Playtesting Games).
With all of the elements of a game bumping around in my head, I couldn’t resist pulling prompts from Monopoly. For better or worse, I still think of it as the great American game–embodying the good and bad of our culture.
After every game, we’d like to invite you create your own mashup poems. All you need is the list of prompts and the list of responses.
Even if you missed the live game last night, you can still participate in this part of the game over the next two weeks!
Here’s what to do:
- Write your mashup poems using the prompts and responses.
- Post your poems online
- Notify us in an @reply on twitter with a link to your poems
- Add your link in the comments below as we’ll have an archive of the entire game.
- Why I Want to Write Useless Poetry - May 19, 2011
- The Poetry of Monopoly - November 24, 2010
- Tweet Speak Sonnets - May 30, 2010
Maureen Doallas says
Last night was fun. Afterwards, I found in my Hootsuite stream a RT of one of my lines; a declaration from one of my followers that he could not figure out what my tweets were about and was confused; and another that asked, “You having guy trouble?” Now that made me laugh! Those tweeted lines must look awfully odd to outsiders.
LL was so deft in giving away the theme. I had a senior moment and couldn’t remember what the game was called.
My husband has studied game theory. Fascinating stuff.
Marcus Goodyear says
Maureen, I’m sure your husband could run circles around me in the game theory department. When I get into those charts and graphs and the math side of things, my mind short circuits a bit.
L.L. Barkat says
I mashed my pumpkin cupcakes into a poem. 🙂
Thanks for your words, that made it possible.
Maureen Doallas says
Here is my mash-up contribution: Poets Never Go Bankrupt